Seniors go out in style in 103-60 win over Baylor

Oklahoma forward Taj Gray dunks over Baylor forward Mark Shepard (left) and guard Patrick Fields (right) during the Sooners' 103-60 record-breaking win on Senior Day Saturday in Norman. OU broke a single-game school record that had stood since 1985 by shooting 66.1 percent from the field. Gray led the Sooners with 16 points. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

NORMAN, Okla. — It was the perfect ending for seniors Johnnie Gilbert and Jaison Williams.

Playing in their final home game, the duo earned a start and combined for 28 points in Oklahoma's record-breaking 103-60 win over the Bears Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

Gilbert scored a career-high 13 points and Williams hit a career-high five 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 15 points and 10 assists. In the process, the Sooners broke a 20-year single-game school record by shooting 66.1 (39-59) percent from the field. The previous high of 66.0 percent was set against Illinois State on March 16, 1985.

"We couldn't have scripted a better scene for senior night tonight," said OU head coach Kelvin Sampson, whose Sooners also reached the century mark for the first time in Big 12 play since 1999. "Our second half mentality was a lot better. Sometimes during senior night you worry about your emotions versus the game. I thought the second half we really took care of the game."

"Every coach dreams of having a Senior Day like that, and I don't think it gets any better for Oklahoma," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "They really shot the ball well, and they deserve a lot of credit in this game."

The Sooners started the game hot and never let up. OU hit their first 10 shots from the field and first five free throws en route to building a 28-10 lead midway through the first half. Oklahoma's first miss of the half came on a Lawrence McKenzie 3-pointer at the 9:45 mark, but even that was quickly tipped in by Taj Gray.

Oklahoma led 44-28 at halftime and broke away for good outscoring the Bears 31-9 the first seven minutes and 32 seconds of the second half to push the lead to 72-36. At one point during the spurt, OU ripped off 18 straight points.

Gray, who gave up his starting position for the first time this year in honor of Gilbert, came off the bench to lead the Sooners with 16 points. Gray scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half and finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

Junior guard Terrell Everett also came off the bench to add 11. Freshman guard David Godbold followed up his career-high 15-point effort against Kansas with 14.

In addition to their hot-shooting from the field, the Sooners managed a season-best day from the free throw line hitting 14 of their 16 attempts (87.8 percent). OU also out-rebounded the Bears 34-15, forced 22 turnovers and recorded 14 steals.

"It felt great to get a win on senior night for Johnnie (Gilbert) and me," said Williams, who recorded the first double-double of his career. "We both wanted to go out and have fun tonight."

"I have to credit my teammates because they wanted to make today special for me and they did," Gilbert said. "We had some great plays from everyone. Everybody contributed to make tonight's win special."

The Sooners, who have now beaten the Bears in 22 straight games, improved to 21-6 overall and 10-4 in Big 12 play. Baylor falls to 9-16 overall and 1-13 in conference action.

Up next for Oklahoma is a tough pair of road games to end conference play starting with Monday night at Texas. Tip-off for Monday's game in Austin is set for 8:00 p.m.

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