After splitting its first two games at the PK80 Invitational in Portland, the Oklahoma Sooners ended the trip on a high note with a 90-80 victory over the Oregon Ducks. Freshman Trae Young was as incredible as he’s ever been, scoring 43 points and dishing out seven assists. Those 43 points were eight shy of the OU freshman record set by Waymon Tisdale in 1983.
Oklahoma led this one by a score of 48-40 at the half, but OU became cold and surrendered the lead with 10:21 remaining. However, Trae Young began to take over at that point and ended up scoring 30 points in the 2nd. The Young and the Sooners began taking it to the rim around that time, which resulted in foul shots and more open opportunities. Oklahoma struggled from deep once again today (6-23) and the Ducks were getting up there in fouls, so this was the correct way to go about things. It certainly ended up paying off for OU, who went to the line 44 times on Sunday.
Oklahoma held Oregon to 80 points on 41.9 percent shooting. That doesn’t necessarily jump off the page, but Oklahoma’s defensive discipline — especially when Oregon could have easily made a run and blown it open in the final 10 minutes — was superb. This team is still has plenty of room to grow on that end, but today’s performance against a pretty good offensive team was definitely an encouraging sign.
Christian James was second behind Young in scoring with 11 points and made two of his four three-point attempts. Jamuni McNeace provided a nice park off the bench with 10 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal.
Oklahoma will return to Lloyd Noble Center for a Nov. 30 game against North Texas. The Mean Green is currently 3-3 on the season with losses to Georgia Tech and Nebraska.