Everett, Neal shoot Sooners past Baylor

Michael Neal (pictured) hit five 3-pointers in Oklahoma's 82-52 win over Baylor. (AP Photo)

The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma basketball team continued their dominance over Baylor, as well as their recent winning ways, with an 82-52 win over the Bears Wednesday night in Waco.

The win, which improved the Sooners to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 play, was their 23rd straight over Baylor and third in a row since their loss to Missouri on January 10.

Oklahoma jumped on the Bears early in the first half behind the shooting of junior Michael Neal, who came off the bench to drill four 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, and senior Terrell Everett's 11 points.

The Bears would cut OU's 37-26 halftime lead to single digits with a steal and layup to begin the second half, but that would be as close as they would get.

Neal, who led the Sooners in their win over Texas Tech on Saturday, was hot again hitting five of his seven attempts from beyond the 3-point line to finish with 15 points. Everett finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Taj Gray had a shaky first half with just three points, but picked up his play in the final 20 minutes to finish with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Kevin Bookout also toughed out an injury to his left wrist injury to finish with an impressive 11 points and four rebounds.

In all, the Sooners shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the field and 47.4 percent from 3-point range (9-19).

Oklahoma's combination of zone and man defense was also impressive holding Baylor to just 29.2 percent shooting from the floor.

The Sooners will now shift their focus to a key Big 12 battle Saturday with first-place Texas (17-2, 5-0). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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