Sooners dominate Baylor again

Oklahoma guard Hollis Price leads the way in the Sooners' 91-42 pasting of the Bears Saturday in Norman. The win was the Sooners' 18th straight over the Bears.

Norman, Okla. -- It was a bittersweet Saturday afternoon for Baylor Head Coach Dave Bliss.

Oklahoma honored the former Sooner Head Coach and several members of his 1979 Big Eight championship team before the game, and then handed his team their fourth worst loss in school history.

Hollis Price led Oklahoma (16-3, 7-1) with 17 points and four other Sooners reached double figures as Oklahoma shot a season high 58 percent in their 91-42 pasting of Baylor (10-9, 1-7) Saturday in Norman.

"OU showed what a terrific basketball team they are today," said Bliss. "They shot the ball extremely well. We got behind and tried to do some things we are not ready to do. OU deserves all the credit."

"We were very solid today," said OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who is now 17-0 vs. Baylor. "We had already played Baylor and had an idea of what to prepare for. We are shooting the ball better and a lot of guys are playing with confidence right now."
Two of those guys playing with more confidence are Quannas White and De'Angelo Alexander.

White jumpstarted the Sooners right off the bat hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to give OU a quick 6-0 lead that they would never relinquish. White finished with 13 points and eight assists against just one turnover.

Alexander, a true freshmen from Midwest City, led the Sooners with 27 minutes off the bench and scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

But it was their defense, not scoring, that White and Alexander wanted to talk about after the game. Baylor came into the game averaging 9.4 made three-point attempts per game, but the Sooners held them to just 23.5 percent (4-for-17) behind the arc.

"We tried to take them off the three-point line because we knew that was one of their strengths," said Alexander. "We wanted to come in and hold this team under 50 points because we felt like our defense had slipped in the last few games."

"We played great defense and that is what we focused on this week in practice," said White. "Kansas State did a great job against us last week and they are a good team but we just felt like we let up against them defensively. So we focused on our defense in practice and I think it really showed today."

Oklahoma shut down the Bears' long distance attack and then turned around and hit a season-high 13 three's of their own, including eight in the first en route to a comfortable 50-21 halftime lead.

Blake Johnston and Ebi Ere also chipped in double figure scoring numbers with 11 points each.

With the win the Sooners also extended the nations' longest home winning streak to 34 games and won their 18th straight over the Bears.

"We put 40 minutes together," said Sampson. "For 40 minutes today we were about as sharp as we could be."

Sampson and the Sooners hope that sharpness carries over to Monday when they travel to Austin for a Big 12 showdown with Texas.

"I am sure they will be heavily favored," said Sampson. "They are the No. 3 ranked team in the nation and they are playing at home. We have to go down to Austin and represent the Sooners."

Box Score

BAYLOR (10-9)
Roberts 3-12 3-4 9, Guinn 5-8 0-0 10, Taylor 2-7 0-0 5, Kidd 1-5 0-0 2, Lucas 5-11 0-0 12, Herring 0-0 0-0 0, Sayman 0-2 1-2 1, Dotson 1-4 0-0 3, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Othoro 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-52 4-6 42.

Bookout 2-2 0-0 4, Brown 4-8 0-0 8, Ere 5-13 0-0 11, White 4-5 2-2 13, Price 5-10 4-4 17, Zoschke 0-2 0-0 0, Johnston 4-5 0-0 11, Alexander 6-8 0-0 15, Gipson 1-2 0-0 2, Gilbert 4-6 0-0 8, Szendrei 1-1 0-0 2, Liggett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-62 6-6 91.

Halftime-Oklahoma 50-21. 3-point goals-Baylor 4-17 (Lucas 2-5, Dotson 1-2, Taylor 1-5, Thomas 0-1, Kidd 0-2, Guinn 0-2), Oklahoma 13-22 (White 3-4, Johnston 3-4, Alexander 3-4, Price 3-5, Ere 1-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Baylor 27 (Roberts 11), Oklahoma 34 (Gilbert, Brown 5). Assists-Baylor 10 (Roberts 3), Oklahoma 26 (White 8). Total fouls-Baylor 8, Oklahoma 9. A-12,825.

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