Bears Demoralized by Sooners

Oklahoma has a way of taking the heart out of its opponent – and that's what it did to the Baylor Bears today. The result wasn't much different than the first game this season between these two opponents when Baylor lost 82-52 – this time the score was 80-52, so I guess you can say the Bears showed improvement.

Actually, the Baylor group looked so dead early in the second half that Coach Scott Drew actually benched everyone for 2 walk-ons, a football player, a senior that rarely sees the floor, and a freshman that was having a tough day. This group actually showed some signs of life and as sad as it may sound, was able to keep the lead for Oklahoma under 30.

Once Drew felt the regular players had received the message, he gave them another shot. Within minutes, Oklahoma's hard work and hustle had completely demoralized Baylor once again culminating in a fast break in which Taj Gray caught a pass off the glass and slammed it home to make the score 67-39. Baylor wasn't executing on offense and failed to get back on defense on more than one occasion.

So Drew once again pulled the starters, except for freshman Curtis Jerrells, with about 7 minutes to go, and this time it was for good. Jerrells was the only Baylor player who had double figures in scoring, finishing with 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor and 5 for 5 from the free throw line. True freshman football player Carl Sims showed some life for Baylor scoring 8 points including 2 three pointers before being pounded by Longar Longar in the final minutes of the game.

Oklahoma had 4 players finish in double figures in scoring. Kevin Bookout dominated Baylor on the inside in the second half – using his body to create space finishing with 15 points on 6 for 9 shooting. Michael Neal continues to light it up from the outside as he led Oklahoma in scoring with 18 points – all on 3 pointers.

Things don't get any easier for the Bears as they travel to Austin on Wednesday to face the University of Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma meanwhile will go on the road to face Colorado.

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