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Oklahoma takes down No. 3 Wichita State 91-83

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No one had to convince Oklahoma's players that Saturday's game at No. 3 Wichita State presented a measuring stick of sorts.

Sooners star guard Trae Young believes the 91-83 victory ''will open a lot of eyes in the college basketball world,'' and fellow freshman Brady Manek agreed.

''That's probably the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of,'' Manek said. ''We just showed that we can play on a big stage against a great team.''

Young, the nation's leading scorer, led the way. He finished with 29 points and 10 assists, but it was his 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the game's first 9 minutes that set the tone for the Sooners (8-1).

Young has scored at least 28 points in seven straight games.

Manek scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for Oklahoma. Christian James and Kamron McGusty each had 13 points for the Sooners.

Darral Willis came off the bench to lead the Shockers (8-2) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Landry Shamet had 17 points, Conner Frankamp scored 14 and Shaquille Morris added 10 for Wichita.

''We let them get comfortable in the first half,'' Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said, ''and you can't do that against a team that talented and that well-coached.''

Behind Young and Manek, Oklahoma stormed to a 54-39 halftime lead. The Shockers entered Saturday allowing 68.2 points a game. The Sooners were 20 of 40 from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line in the half.

''That's probably our best half because Wichita State is really good,'' Sooners coach Lon Kruger said.

Wichita State trailed 80-63 with 7:15 remaining but held Oklahoma scoreless for nearly 6 minutes. The Shockers closed within 84-78 but got no closer.

Marshall marveled at Young.

''I haven't coached against a freshman that plays the game at that level,'' Marshall said. ''Hedging, switching; we tried everything against him. Trae Young is not going to get rattled. He is too good.''

REBOUNDING

Wichita State entered the game leading the nation with a rebounding margin of 14.6 per game. The Sooners and Shockers each finished with 43 rebounds.

''Rebounding was a five-man effort,'' Kruger said. ''Our guys knew how great they are at it. We talked about it all week.''

DOWNTOWN DOWNTURN

Wichita State played its eighth game at Intrust Bank Arena, which will host NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games in March.

The Shockers won their first six games in the arena but have now lost two straight, including a 93-76 loss to Oklahoma State last season.

MANEK MOMENTUM

Manek, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Harrah, Oklahoma, had only attempted more than nine shots in one game this season. He had 10 by halftime Saturday, and that was a great thing for the Sooners.

Manek was 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 8 from the 3-point line in the first half. His 16 points were more than any two Shockers combined.

''Brady had a really good rhythm, so we just kept going to that play,'' Young said.

BIG PICTURE:

Oklahoma: The Sooners will vault into the rankings, and Young should become even more of a household name.

Wichita State: The Shockers missed their final opportunity for a marquee non-conference victory, one that might hurt them for NCAA Tournament seedings.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma: The Sooners face visiting Northwestern State on Tuesday

Wichita State: The Shockers play visiting Arkansas State on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Landry Shamet made 3-pt. turnaround jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Landry Shamet 11.0
+ 2 Conner Frankamp made driving layup 14.0
+ 1 Jordan Shepherd made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
  Jordan Shepherd missed 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Austin Reaves 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Shepherd 21.0
  Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
+ 1 Christian James made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
Team Stats
Points 91 83
Field Goals 29-72 (40.3%) 30-70 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 13-40 (32.5%) 6-24 (25.0%)
Free Throws 20-26 (76.9%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 43 43
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 30 34
Team 5 1
Assists 15 15
Steals 6 4
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 8 10
Fouls 15 18
Technicals 0 0
29 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
20 PTS, 12 REB
12T
away team logo Oklahoma 8-1 543791
home team logo 3 Wichita State 8-2 394483
Team Stats
away team logo Oklahoma 8-1 84.9 PPG 41.7 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo 3 Wichita State 8-2 82.8 PPG 44.3 RPG 18.5 APG
Key Players
11
T. Young G 27.4 PPG 3.9 RPG 8.7 APG 42.2 FG%
21
D. Willis Jr. F 10.5 PPG 6.0 RPG 1.0 APG 51.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young G 29 PTS 4 REB 10 AST
D. Willis Jr. F 20 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
40.3 FG% 42.9
32.5 3PT FG% 25.0
76.9 FT% 77.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Young 34 29 4 10 1 0 4 2 9/22 4/11 7/7 0 4
B. Manek 30 21 2 0 0 1 0 1 8/16 5/13 0/0 0 2
C. James 37 13 7 1 2 0 1 1 3/8 1/5 6/6 2 5
R. Odomes 15 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/2 2 1
K. Lattin 13 0 6 0 0 0 2 3 0/4 0/0 0/2 3 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Young 34 29 4 10 1 0 4 2 9/22 4/11 7/7 0 4
B. Manek 30 21 2 0 0 1 0 1 8/16 5/13 0/0 0 2
C. James 37 13 7 1 2 0 1 1 3/8 1/5 6/6 2 5
R. Odomes 15 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/2 2 1
K. Lattin 13 0 6 0 0 0 2 3 0/4 0/0 0/2 3 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. McGusty 16 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 5/9 3/6 0/0 0 1
J. Shepherd 18 6 3 2 2 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 4/5 0 3
J. McNeace 21 5 10 1 0 4 0 2 2/6 0/0 1/2 1 9
M. Freeman 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/3 2/2 0 1
T. Lazenby 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
H. Polla 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Geha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Streller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 91 38 15 6 5 8 15 29/72 13/40 20/26 8 30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Shamet 37 17 5 5 0 0 5 3 6/14 1/6 4/6 1 4
C. Frankamp 29 14 3 4 0 0 0 2 5/11 1/5 3/3 0 3
S. Morris 26 10 6 2 0 3 1 2 4/12 0/2 2/2 1 5
R. Kelly 19 6 4 0 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/1 0/0 2 2
Z. Brown 22 2 3 2 0 0 2 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Shamet 37 17 5 5 0 0 5 3 6/14 1/6 4/6 1 4
C. Frankamp 29 14 3 4 0 0 0 2 5/11 1/5 3/3 0 3
S. Morris 26 10 6 2 0 3 1 2 4/12 0/2 2/2 1 5
R. Kelly 19 6 4 0 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/1 0/0 2 2
Z. Brown 22 2 3 2 0 0 2 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Willis Jr. 24 20 12 0 1 0 2 3 6/10 1/2 7/9 1 11
R. Nurger 19 7 6 1 0 0 0 2 3/7 1/1 0/0 1 5
A. Reaves 15 6 3 1 1 0 0 2 2/5 2/5 0/0 1 2
S. Haynes-Jones 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/4 0/1 1/2 0 0
C. Keyser 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Barney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McDuffie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Malone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Herrs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Midtgaard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 83 42 15 4 3 10 18 30/70 6/24 17/22 8 34