College basketball: Oklahoma freshman Trae Young goes off for 43 points in win over Oregon
Oklahoma may not be playing in the PK80 tournament finals but the Sooners still caught the nation's attention in Sunday's consolation game against Oregon. Freshman Trae Young dazzled with 43 points on 11-of-22 shooting in a 90-80 victory in Portland.
Young's 43 points is most in a Division I game this year, surpassing Geno Crandall's 41-point performance for North Dakota on Nov. 10. His mark is also the fourth-highest freshman total in Sooners history.
Young's final line also included seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. He was 17-of-18 from the free throw line and 4-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc. Young was at his best late in the game, scoring 23 of Oklahoma's final 25 points in the second half.
Young averaged 34.7 points in Oklahoma's three games in the PK80 tournament. He first caught fire in Game 1 against Arkansas with 28 points and followed with a 33-point game against Portland. Sunday's performance marks the first time since Jan. 4, 2016 that an Oklahoma player scored at least 40 points.
Sooners legend Buddy Hield was the last to reach that milestone, coming in an epic No. 1 vs. No. 2 triple overtime thriller against Kansas. Hield put up 46 in a 109-106 marathon loss to the top-ranked Jayhawks. Hield was watching his Sooners on Sunday and was impressed by Young.
Trae Young Issa problem— Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) November 26, 2017
Go get you 40 then Trae— Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) November 26, 2017
Oklahoma next faces North Texas at home on Thursday. The Sooners will surely hope Young's hot streak travels well from Portland back to Norman.