Oklahoma’s Trae Young is playing like the best player on maybe the best team in the best conference in the nation.
On Saturday, Young scored 43 points – a career high- against TCU in 102-97 overtime win in Norman. That put the No. 4 Sooners in a four-way tie with No. 24 Texas Tech, No. 6 West Virginia and No. 10 Kansas for the lead in the Big 12 Conference. (OU played Kansas State Tuesday night).
Young, a freshman point guard, hit 29 of his points in the second half and overtime. Young, who leads the nation in scoring and assists, had 11 rebounds and seven assists against TCU.
In the game, OU (14-2, 4-1) made a school-record 19 3-point shots. Fellow freshman Brady Manek score 22 points for the Sooners.
“I thought we battled them better in the paint in the second half,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. It’s tough against good ball clubs. A lot of guys can score. I thought both did a good job.”
TCU did their best to corral Young. In the first meeting of the two teams, Young had 39 points and 14 assists against the Horned Frogs.
“We’ve got to guard Young better even though we got nine turnovers out of him,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We did some things different to try to get the ball out of Young’s hands, other people have tried that too as well, but he’s really good at going back and getting it.”
Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vlad Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4).
Young became the first major conference player in the last 20 years to get 40-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and 10 made 3-pointers in one game.
Young has the OU freshman record for assists with 160, passing Tommy Mason-Griffin.