Tuesday, July 23, 2024

BREAKING: No. 1 Oklahoma Eased Past No. 13 Baylor, 82-72

WACO, Texas, Sporting Alert, Box score – Jordan Woodard caught fire in the first half — scoring all his 20 points during that period, and No. 1 Oklahoma made 16 3-pointers in the game en route to beating No. 13 Baylor 82-72 in a college basketball Big 12 game in Waco on Saturday.

With Buddy Hield falling into early foul trouble in the first half and was pulled for the last nine-minutes of that period, Woodard stepped up to pick up the slacks — going 7-of-9 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

He also finished the game with seven assists and four steals for the Sooners (16-2, 5-2 Big 12), who rebounded from the upset defeat at No. 19 Iowa State on Monday.

Star guard Buddy Hield scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-7 from long-range, to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Isaiah Cousins made three 3-pointers on his way to scoring 13 points and nine assists for Oklahoma, which shot 62-percent from the floor on 31-of-50 attempts.

Taurean Prince and Johnathan Motley each scored 15 points to lead the way for Baylor.

Motley also grabbed 10 rebounds, while King McClure had 11 points and four steals, Al Freeman finished with 10 points and Rico Gathers pulled down 11 rebounds for the Bears (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) who were losing for the first time at home this season.

Baylor continues to struggle against AP No. 1 opponents — falling now to 0-7 against top-ranked teams all-time.

Meanwhile, the 16 3-pointers made on Saturday by the Sooners, fell one short of the school record they tied Monday night.

Oklahoma, the top 3-point shooting team this season, shot 57.1 percent on 16-of-28 shooting from behind the 3-point line against Baylor.

The Sooners used three successive 3-point buckets to open the second half with an 11-4 run before pushing out that run to 23-6, which blew the game wide open and out of reach of the Bears.

MICAH DISNEY | Staff Writer
MICAH DISNEY | Staff Writer
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