Carter leads Sooners again in win over Baylor

Nate Carter (pictured) scored a season-high 22 points in OU's 91-51 win over Baylor. The senior from San Diego is now averaging 17.5 points in the Sooners' five Big 12 games. With the win, Oklahoma improved to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in conference action. (Photo/Lisa Hall)

Norman — Oklahoma's leading scorer, Longar Longar, returned to action after serving a two-game suspension, but it was Nate Carter who stole the show.

The senior forward, starting for the third-straight game even with the return of Longar, scored a season-high 22 points as OU pushed their winning streak over Baylor to 25 straight games with a 91-51 rout Saturday in Norman.

The San Diego native, who is now averaging 17.5 points in Oklahoma's first five conference games, also grabbed nine rebounds to go with his perfect 10-for-10 day from the free throw line.

Baylor jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, but it was Carter who brought the Sooners back scoring nine points in a 19-10 that helped OU take the lead for good at 21-20 with 9:03 to go in the half.

From there, the Sooners outscored Baylor 24-9 over the remainder of the half en route to a 45-29 halftime lead.

Oklahoma then started the second half with a 7-0 run, including two 3-poiners by senior Michael Neal, and the rout was officially on.

In all, the Sooners shot a season-high 57.6 percent (34-59) from the field while holding the Bears to just 30.9 percent shooting (17-56). OU also outrebounded Baylor, 42-30.

Joining Carter in double figures were Neal, Bobby Maze and Longar Longar.

Neal continued his hot shooting going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. He finished with 16 points and has now made 17 three's in OU's last four games.

Maze, a freshman point guard from Suitland, Md., continued to give OU a spark off the bench with with 13 points.

And not to be forgotten is Longar, who came off the bench after sitting out the last two games and nearly recorded a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

With the win, the Sooners improved to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 play. Baylor falls to 10-7 and 1-4 in conference action.

Oklahoma will take their two-game winning streak on the road for round one of Bedlam against Oklahoma State Monday in Stillwater. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (CST).

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