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NCAA tournament: Oklahoma powers its way past Albany, 69-60

NCAA tournament: Oklahoma powers its way past Albany, 69-60
Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield steals the ball in front of Albany guard Peter Hooley during the Sooners' 69-69 victory over the Great Danes on Friday.at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Jamie Sabau / Getty Images)

TaShawn Thomas powered his way to 18 points inside and versatile Buddy Hield added 15 to lead third-seeded Oklahoma past Albany on Friday night, carrying the Sooners into the round of 32 after early exits the last two years.

The Sooners (23-10), who led wire to wire, advance to play on Sunday against the winner of the late game between Dayton and Providence.

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Peter Hooley had 15 points, Evan Singletary 13, Sam Rowley 12 and Ray Sanders 11 for No. 14-seeded Albany (24-8), regular season and tournament champions of the America East Conference.

The Great Danes came in with the reputation of being a dangerous three-point shooting team. But Oklahoma proved it could pump it up from outside, too, making 7 of 24 behind the arc.

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