NORMAN, Okla. — Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber could only look at his coaching staff with a wolfish grin.
After KSU's defense forced a tight stance inside the paint, Buddy Hield pulled up and knocked in the commanding 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma a 22-point lead at the 11:35 mark in the second half.
It wasn't the first time the Sooners sent daggers flying from behind the arc, but OU's perimeter success ultimately led to the team's decisive 86-73 win over the Wildcats on Saturday in Norman.
The Sooners prowled the 3-point line early and often to secure OU's 20th victory of the season (20-7, 9-5 Big 12) and knock off the Wildcats after falling to them more than a month ago in Manhattan.
The Sooners' early lead swelled to 19 points with under five minutes left to play in the first half, a deficit that remained going into the halftime intermission.
The kickouts were well executed and OU's perimeter shooters had the hot hands throughout the game. The Sooners finished 43.5 percent from the arc and finished 52 percent shooting during the win.
To compliment the Sooners' outside aerial attack, OU was getting the help it needed from its board crashers, out-rebounding the Wildcats 21-15 in the first 20 minutes.
The onslaught continued as the Sooners came out on a 7-2 run after the break. Hield collected his 10th points on a breakaway followed up by Frank Booker's second 3-pointer of the game.
That pushed the deficit to 25.
OU's offense remained poised during KSU's second half run. The Wildcats found rhythm on offense to even the scoring percentage to just under 50 percent, a place OU had stayed at all afternoon.
Four players--Cameron Clark, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Woodard and Hield--all scored in double figures. Woodard also led the Sooners in assists (6) and Clark contributed as the rebound leader with seven boards.
But OU didn't let off the gas pedal, cruising to the win by hitting 10-of-12 free throws to end the game.
Next up, OU clashes with Kansas at 8 p.m. CT on Monday.