The best player in college basketball had his best game ever and his team still lost


Oklahoma guard Trae Young has taken college basketball by storm.

The freshman leads all D1 players in points per game, his 29.5 nearly four points higher than second place.

His 9.8 assists per game also lead all players.

With the No. 4 Sooners taking on rival Oklahoma State on Saturday, Young delivered the best game of his young career — but it still wasn’t enough.

Young put up an astounding 48 points, but the Cowboys edged the Sooners in overtime 83-31.

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That Young and his Sooners were even able to force overtime is somewhat of a miracle. The Cowboys started out the game on fire, taking a dominant 25-6 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

Oklahoma was able to stem OSU’s momentum as the half went on, chipping away at the early deficit and heading to halftime trailing 42-30.

Oklahoma’s first half struggles were largely a result of poor shooting. The Sooners shot 30 percent from the field as a team, and Young was even worse, going 4-for-15 while scoring 15 points.

As soon as the second half started, it was clear Oklahoma’s firepower was back. The Sooners scored the first seven points of the half and didn’t let up, taking a 56-53 lead with 7:47 to play.

From there the two teams stayed close for the rest of the game, until Oklahoma State’s Kendall Smith nailed a 3-pointer with 6 seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

Smith ended the game with 20 points, the second-highest total among Oklahoma State players.

Jeffrey Carroll led the way with 23 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds.

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Carroll made a pair of free throws in the final minute of overtime to give the Cowboys the 83-81 lead.

Oklahoma had several chances to tie the game but missed them all.

The loss is Oklahoma’s second of the week to an unranked opponent. The Sooners fell to Kansas State on Tuesday by a score of 87-69.

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Jake Harp has been with The Western Journal since 2014. His writing primarily focuses on sports and their intersection with politics, culture, and religion.
Jake Harp joined Liftable Media in 2014 after graduating from Grove City College. Since then he has worked in several roles, mostly focusing on social media and story assignment. Jake lives in Western New York where, in a shocking display of poor parenting, he tries to pass down his Buffalo sports fandom to his daughter.
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