BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - LSU led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but then Oklahoma's Buddy Hield happened. Considered the best player in the country, he lit up LSU for 22 second half-points, and the Sooners escaped with a two-point win.
"He definitely got a couple of open looks in the second half that got him going. We were attached to him in the first half, and giving him a hard time at the beginning. He got freed up in those fast-break opportunities and he took advantage," said LSU guard Tim Quarterman.
"That's all confidence. My teammates keep lifting me up, even when I start missing the first two of the second half. Then coach and my teammates find me in good spots, and I'm able to knock down good rhythm shots," said Hield.
"We did a good job of getting in his space, but at the same time he's a great shooter. He knocked down eight threes, and he's a timely guy. He just made some huge plays out there tonight that were needed to put his team in position to win, and that's what veteran guys do," said LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones.
ESPN's Bracketology had LSU as the last team in the tournament on Monday, a win against Oklahoma would've done wonders for those tourney hopes going forward.