Norman, OK – Trae Young is averaging 29 points and 10 assists per game through the first two months of his freshman year, and is on pace to surpass “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s historic points per game production in a single season. Tonight, in Oklahoma’s 109-89 win over Oklahoma State, he came within one rebound of his first triple-double, and exited the game late to a standing ovation once again.
Young had a slow start scoring against the Cowboys, but delivered three assists in the first three minutes of the Bedlam contest. Both teams came out firing from deep hitting early threes, with the score being tied at 11 at the under-sixteen timeout. Tavarius Shine was efficient for the Pokes, until fouling out at the midpoint of the second half. He scored sixteen points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three. Jeffrey Carroll posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and ten rebounds. He is now averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds, down slightly from his production last season. So far this year, he has had some difficulties creating his own shot and being the dominant player that some anticipated. He’s a good athlete for his size and can shoot from almost everywhere on the floor; If he can develop a quicker, more powerful first step off the dribble, he can be a viable prospect at the next level.
The Sooners led 50-42 at the half, and then exploded early in the second period. Five minutes into the second half, they built a 21-point lead and never looked back. The Sooners’ Brady Manek had himself a career night, scoring 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-8 from deep. The freshman continues to impress with his sneaky athleticism at 6-9. His wiry frame doesn’t allow him to appear like much of a physical presence, but he is definitely an athlete. He has shown the ability to elevate at the rim and create separation on shot attempts. So far in 2017-18 his is shooting 53 percent from the floor, and 43 percent from three. Thomas Dziagwa led all Cowboys in scoring with 19, including 5-of-10 on three pointers. He is now shooting 42 percent from three on the season.
Oklahoma State will host Iowa State on Saturday while Oklahoma also plays on Saturday, at No. 6 West Virginia.
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