The Oklahoma Sooners had lost earlier in the week on the road against a Top-15 team, they didn't want to make it two in a row. The Sooners showed why they are the number one ranked team in the nation in a 82-72 victory over the 13th ranked Baylor Bears Saturday morning. The early tipoff was not an issue for either team, as they both came out shooting well in the first half.
Even with national player of the year candidate Buddy Hield on the bench with foul trouble, the Sooners had more than enough offense to build a 7-point lead going into halftime. Junior guard Jordan Woodard scored 20 points to carry the Sooners in the first half. Hield would be the main man in the second half, scoring 14 of his 19 points after intermission.
Oklahoma shot 62% from the floor, making 31 shots courtsey of 29 assists. They added a ridiculous 16 made three-pointers on just 28 attempts as they shredded the Bears zone defense.
Trailing at half 37-30, the Bears made one last push to tie the game at 41, behind two corner 3-pointers from junior wing Ish Wainright, however a 9-0 run by the Sooners in less than a minute put them comfortably ahead. That was the beginning of a 25-7 run that put the game away. The Bears shot well themselves, hitting 45.8% of their shots and being 9-22 from behind the arc, but 16 turnovers and 22 fast break points for Oklahoma doomed them.
The Bears led by as many as 6 points halfway through the first half, taking a 22-16 lead after a Taurean Prince 3-pointer. That was the highpoint for the Bears defense until the closing minutes. A 12-5 run would put the Sooners back on top, where they would stay the rest of the game. Oklahoma would lead by as many as 24, before a late 14-0 run by the Baylor bench to end the game and cut the deficit to 10.
Baylor was led by 15 points from Jonathan Motley and 15 points from Taurean Prince. The Bears dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Sooners 34-19, but when the opposition just doesn't miss many shots, that becomes much less important.
The Bears go to Stilwater to take on Oklahoma State Wednesday night in their next contest.