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Woodard, Hield lead Oklahoma’s romp

Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler, left, battles Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos middle, and Buddy Hield for a rebound during the second half of Oklahoma’s win on Thursday. (Gregory Bull / AP)
Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler, left, battles Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos middle, and Buddy Hield for a rebound during the second half of Oklahoma’s win on Thursday. (Gregory Bull / AP)
Bernie Wilson Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jordan Woodard scored 22 points and Buddy Hield had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners to a 77-63 romp over third-seeded and cold-shooting Texas A&M in the NCAA West Region on Thursday.

The Sooners (28-7) advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009. They’ll play Saturday against the Duke-Oregon winner.

The Sooners blew open a close game by going on a 19-4 run during the last 7:42 of the first half to take a 45-26 lead. The Sooners forced the Aggies into bad shots and turnovers, and Woodard was the catalyst on the offensive end.

Tyler Davis scored 17 for A&M (28-9), which reached the Sweet 16 with a thrilling double-overtime victory against Northern Iowa after rallying from 12 points down in the final 44 seconds of regulation.

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