Young's 22 assists lead Oklahoma to win vs. Northwestern State

Feb 14 2017 Norman OK USA Oklahoma Sooners forward Kristian Doolittle drives to the basket in front of Texas Longhorns forward Jarrett Allen during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I'm not saying that's what just happened for Trae Young after an otherwise meaningless non-conference home game, but I'm kinda saying that's what just happened. Oklahoma's freshman sensation has been lighting the college game on fire in the early stages of the season and, on Tuesday, the talented lead guard exploded for an NCAA-record 22 assists in a (very) lopsided win over Northwestern State. 3 Wichita State on Saturday - and have scored 90 or more points seven times this season.

He made or assisted on the Sooners' first 24 points as part of a 16-1 run and had a double-double with five minutes left in the first half.

Young had 26 points and 22 assists. The most assists in a game in coach Lon Kruger's seven seasons at OU is 29 on January 23 2016 at Baylor.

Northwestern State (3-7), which lost its second consecutive game, was led by Ishmael Lane's 17 points.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (8-1): Junior guard Christian James (12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds) has been a consistent sort while averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over his last three games. At 59.4 percent, that was their most efficient performance since that Baylor game when they shot 31 for 50, 62.0 percent.


Young set the tone in the first 40 seconds of the game, hitting Manek on a lob for the first of his 13 first-half assists. It was his second consecutive game breaking his former record.

The Sooners will face Northwestern at the Lloyd Noble Center Friday.

After scoring 53 points in the first half, the Sooners didn't quit, though.

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