Coming off a loss to the Kansas State Wildcats, the Oklahoma Sooners were potentially looking at their first back-to-back losses of the season.
The 12th-ranked Baylor Bears held the Sooners to 24 points in the first half, though, they only mustered up 30 themselves. The Sooners, however, rallied for their biggest win of the season.
Oklahoma nearly doubled their first half total to beat a Baylor Bears, dressed in familiar black uniforms, 66-64.
Waco celebrated their 2013 Big 12 Champion football team Saturday. Though, the mens basketball team could not duplicate a win in Waco like Baylor Football did a couple of months ago.
OU Hoops looked like they would suffer the same fate, but Buddy Hield’s second half performance made all the difference.
Hield scored all 19 of his points in the last 20 minutes after a dismal first half performance. Hield also grabbed eight rebounds, though Baylor edged out Oklahoma in the rebounding battle.
Cameron Clark had the second-most amount of points for Oklahoma with 14 points and Jordan Woodard had 10 himself.
The freshman Woodard is no stranger to the free throw line. Shooting 77.3% from the charity stripe, Woodard had the chance to ice the game for the Sooners.
However, he missed two free throws in the final minute, his only two misses from the free throw line of the night.
Baylor’s Isaiah Austin hit two three’s to give the Bears a chance in the final seconds, but Royce O’Neale was unable to get his game-tying shot off before the buzzer.
His bucket would have sent this one in to overtime, but the Sooners were thankful they could head back to Norman after a long second half that suffered through a long replay review delay.
It’s been over 20 years since the Sooners have beat a Top 12 team on the road. And this win is arguably the most impressive of the season.
Oklahoma improved to 14-4, but hopefully can keep their poise as they head in to games with Texas Christian and Texas Tech. Both school stand near the bottom of the Big 12, but as OU can take neither lightly. Especially right before a big Bedlam battle against Oklahoma State a week from Monday.