After a legendary 43-point performance in Saturday’s overtime win over TCU, Trae Young came back down to earth as the Oklahoma Sooners fell to the Kansas State Wildcats by a score of 87-69. It was Oklahoma’s sixth consecutive loss inside Bramlage Coliseum.
After getting into an early 14-point hole, Oklahoma was able to regain the lead just before halftime. However, two straight K-State threes before intermission set the tone for the rest of the game.
Trae Young had 20 points on 8-21 shooting and ended the night with an 12 turnovers — an NCAA single-game high for this season. The team as a whole turned it over 20 times and struggled defensively down the stretch. This was easily Oklahoma’s worst performance of the year, and the Sooners will need to get their minds right in order to avoid a letdown in Stillwater this coming Saturday.
Kansas State’s Barry Brown and Dean Wade made the Sooners pay for sloppiness and lackluster defense. Brown ended the game with 24 points and three steals while Wade ended up with 21 points on 9-16 shooting (3-3 from deep).
On a positive note, Young became the fastest player to reach 500 career points and is also the fastest Division I player to reach the mark in at least 20 years.
The Fastest 5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣.@thetraeyoung reaches 500 career points in his 1️⃣7️⃣th collegiate game - the quickest to the milestone in OU history and the fastest in all of DI hoops in at least 20 years. pic.twitter.com/HBZHPIUBum— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) January 17, 2018
Oklahoma will be back in action for a Bedlam rematch at Oklahoma State this Saturday, which will tip off at 1 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.