The No. 25 Sooners walked into Waco and stormed out with a monstrous 66-64 victory over the 12th-ranked Baylor Bears Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
They overcame a sluggish first half in which they shot just 23.3 percent and managed a measly 24 points, bouncing back to rack up 42 after the break.
That proved to be enough for the victory, but not without a near meltdown down the stretch.
OU led by seven after point guard Jordan Woodard’s free throws with 30 seconds to play, but then Baylor center Isaiah Austin canned a wide open 3 from out top.
Woodard then missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Austin hit another 3 with 9.1 to play.
Fouled on the inbounds, Woodard again missed the first free throw, this time of a double bonus, before making the second.
However, with only a two-point lead, that left the door open for the tie with a two or potential win with a 3, but forward Cameron Clark tipped a pass and the Sooners prevented the Bears from getting a shot off at the horn.
All that means OU now moves to 3-2 in the league, 14-4 overall, and claims its first road win over a team ranked in the AP Top 12 in nearly 20 years. The last time it did so was back on Feb. 17, 1993, defeating then-No. 6 Kansas 80-77 in Lawrence.
This time they were able to, in large part due to a 16-0 run during the early stages of the second half.
That turned an eight-point deficit into an eight-point lead with 14:37 left.
From there it was a seesaw battle the Sooners prevailed in.
Guard Buddy Hield spearheaded the OU offensive attack with a game-high 19 points, while Clark added 14 and Woodard managed 10.
For Baylor, guard Kenny Chery, Austin and forward Cory Jefferson all finished in double figures, with 16, 12 and 11, respectively.
The Sooners will get back to action with an 8 p.m. CT Wednesday contest against TCU at Lloyd Noble Center.
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