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De'Vion Harmon lifts Oklahoma past KSU but exits early

Field Level Media
20 Jan 2021, 11:55 GMT+10

De'Vion Harmon scored 16 points to lead Oklahoma to a 76-50 win over Kansas State on Tuesday in Norman, Okla.

Harmon helped fuel a big run to end the first half, but his night ended on the bench after he had to be helped off the court following an injury with about six minutes remaining in the game.

Harmon, who finished 6 of 11 on field-goal attempts, eventually walked to the locker room under his own power but soon rejoined his team on the bench.

It was the second consecutive home blowout win for the Sooners (8-4, 4-3 Big 12) and the fifth consecutive loss for Kansas State (5-10, 1-6).

Oklahoma's Alondes Williams scored 13 points while senior Kur Kuath had 12 points plus a career-high-tying five blocks.

DaJuan Gordon led the Wildcats with 13 points, and Selton Miguel had 11.

The Sooners ended the first half with an exclamation point, with Williams streaking toward the basket for a tomahawk dunk just before time expired.

Williams' jam punctuated a 15-2 Oklahoma run in the last 5:19 to help the Sooners take a 32-24 lead into the break.

The bucket, like much of Oklahoma's scoring during the run, was set up by strong defense.

Kuath started the sequence with a block. Harmon scored six fastbreak points and nine points overall during the stretch.

Just before the Sooners finished the half strong, it was Kansas State turning up the pressure defensively, producing a 10-2 run that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time. Oklahoma went more than five minutes without a field goal.

Both teams got some help from players who had missed action recently.

For Oklahoma, Brady Manek and Jalen Hill returned after missing the previous two games due to COVID-19 protocols. Manek, a senior, came off the bench for the first time since the final game of his freshman season, and he finished with six points in 11 minutes. Hill scored six points in 16 minutes.

Kaosi Ezeagu returned for Kansas State after missing 10 games following knee surgery. Ezeagu, who hadn't played since Dec. 5, scored seven points in 12 minutes.

--Field Level Media

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