Trae Young Remains on Fire, Drops 44 Points, 9 Assists as Oklahoma Beats Baylor

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2018

Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) drives between Baylor forward Tristan Clark (25) and guard Tyson Jolly, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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In what has become a common theme of the 2017-18 college basketball season, Trae Young put on a show in an Oklahoma win Tuesday night.

The freshman scored 44 points with nine assists to lead the Sooners to a 98-96 home victory over Baylor. His pair of free throws gave his team the lead with 23 seconds remaining, which ended up being the decisive points in the win.

Young finished 11-of-20 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range, while also going 16-of-19 from the free-throw line.

The Sooners defense left much to be desired, as Baylor kept pace throughout the night. Manu Lecomte led the way with 29 points, while Nuni Omot added 23 and helped the visitors take a four-point lead with under three minutes remaining.

However, Young was just too tough to stop, once again making shots from everywhere on the court:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Trae Young drops 44PTS 4REBS and 9ASTS in a win over Baylor πŸ”₯ https://t.co/XP8FBfLoSp

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

Trae Young is a collegiate version of Steph Curry.

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

This is a great matchup for Trae against Baylor, but good lord

He scored 31 of his points in the second half, continuing to put his name in the record books:

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Trae Young finished with 44 points and 9 assists in Oklahoma's win over Baylor. It was the freshman's fourth 40-pt game, passing Michael Beasley for the most in Big 12 history. https://t.co/xVfNZJSFGq

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Trae Young has his 8th 30-pt game of the year, 4th-most in a single season in Big 12 history. Only Michael Beasley (13 in 2007-08), Buddy Hield (12 in 2015-16), and Kevin Durant (11 in 2006-07) have more. Catch the end of the 2nd half now on ESPN2.

Young, who leads the country in both points and assists, was coming off one of his worst games of the season, as he finished with just 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a loss to Alabama on Saturday. Fortunately for Oklahoma, he bounced back three nights later with his second-highest-scoring outing of the year.

Between Young's explosive scoring and Khadeem Lattin's contributions on both ends of the court, the Sooners were able to survive a tough test at home.

Oklahoma moved to second place in the Big 12 at 6-3, but it's clear there will be no easy games during the conference season. The squad goes on the road Saturday to take on Texas.

Baylor is now in last place in the conference at 2-7, although a home matchup against Iowa State Saturday provides a decent chance for a bounce-back game.