Sooners stuff Baylor, 80-52

Four Sooners reach double figures in Oklahoma's 80-52 win over Baylor Saturday in Norman. The win, which helped the Sooners improve to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in conference play, was their 24th straight over the Bears. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)

Norman, Okla. — Career-high were being set left and right during Oklahoma's 80-52 win over Baylor Saturday in Norman.

Michael Neal led the Sooners with a career-high 18 points, Terrell Everett dished a personal-best 14 assists, freshman forward Taylor Griffin surpassed his career mark for the second straight game with 12, and Longar Longar blocked a career-high five shots as Oklahoma (16-5, 7-3) beat the Bears (2-8, 2-8) for the 24th straight time.

It was also a banner day for the Sooners on the defensive end of the court, as they held the Bears to 26.5 percent shooting from the field, which was the Bears worst of the season and OU's best effort since the 2003 season.

"Today was a good win," said Kelvin Sampson, who improved to 22-0 against Baylor. "We won the right way. Sometimes on the games you're supposed to win, it's when you have to stay focused on yourselves and never let up on defense."

"We did a great job defending the 3-point line. Today there was great team chemistry on the court and a lot of highlight plays. They're so athletic and fun to watch."

Baylor took a 7-6 lead on a Curtis Jerrells bucket at the 16:13 mark of the first half, but that would be their last lead as the Sooners when on a 17-3 run after that basket and eventually led 38-17 at the half.

The Sooners, who held the Bears to 19 percent shooting (4-of-21) in the first half, then opened the second half with a 12-2 run, three buckets by Kevin Bookout and two 3-pointers by Neal, and the rout was on.

Neal finished with six 3-pointers, while Bookout recorded a wokman-like 15 points and six rebounds.

Everett only scored two points but his 14 asssists, including what may go down as the highlight of the year with a fastbreak alley-oop pass off the backboard to Taj Gray, were the most since Michael Johnson dished 18 assists during the 1997 season.

Gray finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Sooners, now 16-5 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play and winners of seven of their last eight games, will hit the road on Wednesday for a key game against Colorado.

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