Oklahoma picked up a crucial road win in the Big 12 last week with a 74-72 victory over Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam game in Stillwater.
Hield registered his ninth straight game of at least 20 points with his team-high 26-point effort (he had 20 in the first half).
But the big story was the 42 points by OSU Jawun Evans in the losing efforts. That was the most points ever by a freshman in the storied history of Oklahoma State basketball. And it was the most ever by any OSU player in a game against OU.
“On tape he’s a really good player,” Kruger said of Evans. “He’s never done that before, that doesn’t happen very often, but he pretty much had his way. We didn’t do a good job of corralling him or containing him or keeping him from doing what he wanted to do.”
“He just had good pace and a good feel for the game,” Hield said of Evans. “He made some great plays and some tough shots. He’s a freshman and you don’t expect him to make tough shots. He’s a great player and he’s done a great job so far. Next game we play him in, we just need to do a better job.”
Evans’ effort tied for the third best scoring performance by any OSU player ever. It was the second most ever by a Big 12 freshman behind only K-State’s Michael Beasley in 2007-08. It was the sixth best by any player in the nation this year, and the third most by a freshman this season.
“Obviously, Jawun Evans was unbelievable,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “He just kind of got into a zone, and then we ran four or five different plays to try and create holes for him. He did a great job with making decisions.”
“I’m definitely getting into the environment of the game, it’s getting better for me,” said Evans. “The crowd was great, our fans are great and I thank them for coming out.”