Late-game execution has been the No. 1 issue for Oklahoma basketball this season, and it reared its ugly head one more time.
The Sooners were unable to create good scoring opportunities down the stretch in a 60-54 loss at Baylor on Tuesday evening.
This is OU’s sixth loss by six points or less in the Big 12 and second in three days following the 96-92 defeat at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
OU trailed 41-26 early in the second half, but a Jamuni McNeace bucket cut the margin down to 49-47 with nine minutes to play.
But as the clock got closer to zero, the offense became tougher to find. A lot of desperation attempts up against the shot clock buzzer and OU was never able to get the margin to a single-possession game in the final four minutes.
Freshman Kameron McGusty led the way with 13 points, but the guard couldn’t find an opening in the Baylor zone, unable to score or even get a realistic chance at scoring in the final minutes.
Nobody else scored more than eight points, although Rashard Odomes had eight points and eight rebounds and freshman Kristian Doolittle had eight points and seven rebounds.
OU was able to stay in the game despite shooting under 33 percent from the field and under 70 percent from the free throw line. Part of that was because of the improved defensive effort by OU, holding Baylor to 30 percent shooting in the second half.
OU, now 9-18 overall and 3-12 in the Big 12, returns home after back-to-back tough road losses to take on Kansas State on Saturday evening.