Johnson Powers OU Past Baylor

Austin Johnson scored in double figures for the sixth time in Big 12 play with 17 points. The senior guard was 6-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point range while adding five assists against one turnover. His 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the Big 12 and ranks in the top 10 nationally.

It was good for the Sooners to have No. 20 back in full force in their 78-63 Wednesday night victory in Waco , Texas against the Baylor Bears.

With the shot clock running down and the Sooners up seven points with just less than four minutes left, freshman guard Willie Warren chucked the ball to leaping senior guard Austin Johnson behind the arc, who desperately threw up a prayer three that fell through for a 10-point Sooner lead.

"Credit OU for making the big plays, especially down the stretch, especially with Austin Johnson at the top of the key [hitting that shot]," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "That really hurt us."

It was one of those shots that just somehow seems to fall through when a player is having a good night.

That dramatic three was one of four Johnson made in the contest, as he shot 4-for-5 from three point land against the Bears.

He finished with 17 points on 6-for-8 total shooting, and he made the only free throw shot he attempted in the game.

Johnson also was a factor in distributing the basketball, as he tallied up five assists and only turned the ball over one time in 38 minutes.

As a team, the Sooners only turned it over eight times, so he anchored a group that really valued the basketball in a potential trap game on the road in the Big 12 Conference.

And it seemed like every time Baylor got close, Johnson and the Sooners had the answer.

"We knew playing them [that] they were going to have some runs against us," Johnson said. "On offense they are a great team with the ball, so we knew they were going to make a run. I thought during that run they hit some shots, and we kind of got stagnate on defense. We knew it was coming, so we just kept playing and fought through it."

Johnson's solid performance, which led the Sooners to the win, comes after a stretch in which he only made one of his last nine three-point attempts throughout the past three games.

In fact, in two of those games, Johnson failed to make it out of single digits, scoring only five points against Iowa State and six against Colorado .

So, it's certainly a good sign for Sooner fans down the stretch that Johnson had yet another good game to complement sensational sophomore forward Blake Griffin.


Sooners Illustrated Top Stories