Baylor Says Goodnight to Sooner Streak

After waiting for over 30 years to beat Oklahoma, Baylor decided not to leave any doubt as the Bears started off Big 12 Conference play in dominating fashion Saturday night.

The Bears were excited. The crowd was pumped. It was another nice nonconference record and pivotal conference game against the Oklahoma Sooners. The problem though? Several minutes into the game, the result appeared to be heading the same direction.

And that's when the Baylor Bears decided to turns the lights out on the Oklahoma Sooners, which ignited a run ultimately resulting in a 91-60 thrashing of their conference foe.

In one of the odder games you will see, if you can through the darkness, Baylor's Ferrell Center went dim while Oklahoma lined up for a free throw. After a few minutes of waiting for the lights to come back on to no avail, the coaches and refs huddled up and decided to play on. Bad decision Coach Capel.

In reality, there was not much Capel could do to stop the Bears on this night. All they needed to do was settle down. And when they did, it was back to the dominating Bears fans have gotten used to in this 2009-2010 basketball season.

The Bears were led by junior guard Lacedarius Dunn, who figured correctly it would be a good night to have his best night of the season. Dunn put up 28 points, 7 boards and 3 assists to only 1 turnover. He scored the majority of his points in the second half, as Oklahoma continued to struggle defensively and often flew by the hot shooter only to leave him with more space than you should ever leave to Dunn.

It might have been Dunn who sealed the game with his 3 point barage, but it was Ekpe Udoh who showed the Sooners why this Baylor team was different. As Oklahoma tried to contort their way into the lane to put up off balance shots, Udoh decided to show them a variety of ways you can take your anger out on a basketball, by spiking the ball with force all over the court. Udoh finished with 7 key blocks, to go along with 14 points and 8 boards. Perhaps most importantly, he was a solid 6 for 7 at the free throw, which might show teams you can't just hack Ekpe to hope to slow him down.

Quincy Acy also continued to give lessons in anger management by showing you can let it all out on the rim. Acy brought the house down on numerous occassions in the 2nd half with typical Acy thunder dunks and one alley-oop where he seemed to hang forever.

With all that said, the performance of the night might just go to Tweety Carter, who reminded Baylor fans why seniors are important. Tweety controlled the game with an impressive stat line of 18 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, and only 2 turnovers. The Sooners applied token full court pressure on Tweety a good portion of the night, but it never seemed to effect him as he set his team up perfectly during his 39 minutes of playing time.

On the other side, Tiny Gallon gave Baylor fans reason to pause, as he continues to develop in what has been an interesting year for the big man. The 300 pound freshman showed it is not wise to give him good position down low, putting up an easy 17 points on shots that all came in the paint and nearly all on short jump hooks.

But other than Gallon and 16 points from Tony Crocker, the Sooners could not produce much on offense.

Willie Warren was shadowed all night long by disciplined Baylor defenders. Only a few times did he find space, and by the time he did, he was so out of rhythm that his shots were not falling.

As a team, the Bears held Oklahoma to 35% shooting, including only 25% from behind the arc on 20 three-point bombs. Baylor did just about everything right - outrebounding Oklahoma by 12, blocking more shots (9 to 0), having more assists, and shooting better from the floor, the 3 point arc, and the free throw line.

It's been a long time coming for this Baylor program. After several close losses to the Sooners in recent years, this Baylor team led by head coach Scott Drew decided to leave no doubt. And at the end, when the clock ticked to zero and the scoreboard read 91-60, the Bears knew for certain that they had finally turned the lights out on Oklahoma.

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