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Oklahoma Sooners basketball beats second Top 20 team in Baylor Bears

Oklahoma Sooners come from behind to beat Baylor Bears
Oklahoma Sooners come from behind to beat Baylor Bears
OU Athletic Department

The Oklahoma Sooners played a horrible first half in their game with the Baylor Bears. They came into the game ranked sixth in the nation in points scored, but went into the half losing the game 30-24. However, Lon Kruger must have given a great halftime speech and the Sooners roared back to win the game, 66-64, on Jan. 18.

The player that Sooners faithful can thank is Buddy Hield, who scored 19 points in the second half of the game after getting blanked in the first half. It was an inspired performance where OU outscored Baylor, 42-34, to win the game, although Baylor had a chance for the tie as time expired.

The Sooners reached the AP poll Top 25, marking their first time to be in the college basketball rankings since 2009. They responded by losing to un-ranked Kansas State last week, but a big win over the 12th ranked Baylor Bears might be enough to keep them ranked for a second straight week.

As for Baylor, this marked their third Big 12 loss of the season, and with the Kansas Jayhawks coming up next, the Bears are in danger of falling out of contention in the conference. However, the tide could have swing the other direction if not for two-tenths of a second.

The Oklahoma Sooners had a seven point lead with a minute remaining in the game but Baylor fought back. Baylor center Isaiah Austin his a three, and after Jordan Woodard missed two free throws, Austin hit another three to make the score 65-64. Woodward made one of two free throws, to make the Sooners' lead only two.

However, thanks to solid defense by Oklahoma, a pass to Austin was deflected and by the time that Royce O'Neale recovered the ball, the buzzer rang out just before O'Neale made the shot that went in and would have tied the game. That gave OU the 66-64 win over Baylor.

The win moved Oklahoma to 3-2 in the Big 12 after playing three ranked opponents, and beating two of them, in their last four games. Oklahoma now gets a slight break with games against the bottom two teams in the Big 12, Texas Tech and TCU.