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No. 12 Baylor falls to No. 25 Oklahoma

No. 12 Baylor falls to No. 25 Oklahoma
January 18
22:59 2014
Sophomore center Isaiah Austin tries to block the shot of Oklahoma's senior forward Cameron Clark during the second half of Baylor's 66-64 loss to Oklahoma.  Austin finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.   Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

Sophomore center Isaiah Austin tries to block the shot of Oklahoma’s senior forward Cameron Clark during the second half of Baylor’s 66-64 loss to Oklahoma. Austin finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

By Shehan Jeyarajah
Sports Writer

Playing in front of a blacked-out home crowd, Baylor found themselves down by seven with merely 29.8 seconds left. Two threes from sophomore center Isaiah Austin later and somehow, Baylor had a chance to win this game with 9.1 seconds left, down by only two points.

It wasn’t to be however, as No. 12 Baylor (13-4, 1-3) fell to No. 25 Oklahoma (14-4, 3-2) 66-64 to snap their 13-game home winning streak.

“On that last play, we wanted to get to the rim,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “That was our first option, but it didn’t work. They did a good job stopping the penetration on that last drive. It’s heartbreaking to lose at the buzzer again.”

The Bears attacked Oklahoma early, especially on the defensive end. The Sooners struggled mightily for the first half shooting the ball, starting the game 3-for-17 from the field as Baylor took a 17-9 lead over Oklahoma with 8:39 left in the first half. In the half, Oklahoma shot a paltry 7-for-30 from the field and 1-for-13 from the three-point line.

“Early on we were awed by the length and size of Baylor,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “We were fortunate to be within six at the half with the way we handled their zone.”

Baylor was unable to really capitalize on their defensive performance, as they would shoot 11-for-30 from the field and 2-for-10 from the three-point line themselves. At the half, both teams were combing to shoot 30 percent from the field and 13 percent from the three-point line.

Senior forward Cory Jefferson opened the second half with a dunk, but that would be the only basket for Baylor for almost the first six minutes of the first half. Over that span, Oklahoma scored 16 unanswered points. The run included three straight three-pointers for the Sooners.

Baylor would fight back, taking a lead with 9:06 left in the game with a basket from Jefferson. The game would be tied three times over the next five minutes and contain four lead changes.

With 4:01 left in the game, sophomore guard Buddy Hield would hit a three to give Oklahoma the lead. Oklahoma would stretch the lead out as far as seven with only 29.8 seconds left to go in the game. Over the next 20 seconds, Austin would make two three-pointers to cut the deficit to one with only 9.1 seconds left. The Bears were unable to convert.

After holding the Sooners to 23.3 percent from the field in the first half and 7.7 percent from the three-point line, Oklahoma shot 57.7 percent in the second half and 46.2 percent from the three-point line. The Bears also struggled from the free-throw line, hitting only 50 percent of their 20 attempts.

“I honestly don’t know what happened out there in the second half,” Jefferson said in the postgame news conference. We just didn’t come out with energy and that’s inexcusable.”

Junior point guard Kenny Chery led Baylor’s scoring attack with 16 points and five assists. Austin had 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes, with six points in the last 30 seconds. Jefferson finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Hield led Oklahoma with 19 points and eight rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler added seven points and nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard was held to 2-for-8 from the field, but contributed with eight assists.

Baylor will travel to Lawrence to play at No. 15 Kansas at 8 p.m. on Monday night.

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Men's Basketball lost to the University of Oklahoma 66 - 64 on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

MBB vs. Oklahoma

The Baylor mens basketball team entered Saturday's game with a 13 game winning streak at home. Baylor fell to the University of Oklahoma 66-64 on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Ferrell Center.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Bruiser made an exciting entrance to the game by repelling down from the rafters to deliver the game ball to the officials. Bruiser's stunt didn't help the Bears on the court as they fell to the Sooners 66-64.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

Men's Basketball falls to OU

The starting players huddle just before the start of the game against the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

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Fans dressed in black packed the Ferrell Center including a sleuth of bears. The Big Twelve champion Baylor football team was honored at halftime.

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Head coach Scott Drew draws up a play before the #12 ranked Baylor Bears game against the #25 ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Ferrell Center. The Bears fell to Oklahoma 66-64.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Sophomore center Isaiah Austin tries to grab the jump ball at the start of Saturday's game against the University of Oklahoma.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Sophomore forward Prince Taurean puts up two points for the Bears at Saturday's game against the University of Oklahoma. Taurean had a total of six points for the game.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Senior guard Brady Heslip takes a three during the first half. Heslip was 2-5 from behind the arc and finished the game with six points.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Sophomore forward Taurean Prince looks to pass during the first half. The Baylor bench scored 17 points in the 66-64 losing effort on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Ferrell Center.

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MBB vs. Oklahoma

Junior guard Kenny Chery puts up a jumper during the first half of Baylor's 66-64 loss to Oklahoma. Chery scored a team high 16 points in the losing effort.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Sophomore center Isaiah Austin drives the lane during the first half of Baylor's 66-64 loss to Oklahoma. Austin sunk two crucial three pointers in the final minute of the game to bring Baylor to within one before losing on the final play.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Senior forward Cory Jefferson goes up for a rebound during the second half of Baylor's 66-64 loss to Oklahoma. Jefferson brought down eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Senior forward Cory Jefferson puts up two points for the Bears at Saturday's game against the University of Oklahoma. Jefferson had a total of 11 points for the game.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Baylor fans cheer as the Bears lead the Oklahoma Sooner's at the half 30-24. A total of 8544 people came to the Ferrel Center for Saturday's game.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Senior forward Cory Jefferson puts up two points for the Bears at Saturday's game against the University of Oklahoma. Jefferson had a total of 11 points for the game.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Junior guard Kenny Chery passes the ball into play.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

Men's Basketball falls to OU

Senior forward Cory Jefferson grabs the rebound for the Bears at Saturday's game against the University of Oklahoma. Jefferson had a total of eight rebounds during the game.

Carlye Thornton | Lariat Photographer

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Sophomore center Isaiah Austin tries to block the shot of Oklahoma's senior forward Cameron Clark during the second half of Baylor's 66-64 loss to Oklahoma. Austin finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

MBB vs. Oklahoma

Players on the bench watch the final seconds of Baylor's game against Oklahoma. Baylor fell 66-64 to the Sooners after running out of time on the game's final play.

Travis Taylor | Lariat Photo Editor

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