After two straight losses, Oklahoma finally got back on track after defeating Baylor by a score of 88-72 on Saturday. Oklahoma rode strong performances by forward Cameron Clark, guard Isaiah Cousins and guard Buddy Hield on its way to an 18-6 record.
Oklahoma beats Baylor 88-72 behind a combined 40 points from Buddy Hield + Isaiah Cousins. Bears fall to 2-8 in Big 12.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 9, 2014
Oklahoma took an early lead and did not look back, as it was able to handle the Bears with ease. Although Baylor shot relatively well from the field, the Sooners were on point, putting up great numbers from three-point range and the free-throw line.
The Bears shot 42.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line. Those numbers just wouldn't cut it against Oklahoma, however. The Sooners shot 53.6 percent from the field, 48.3 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Oklahoma's coach Lon Kruger was pleased with his team's performance, according to an interview with ESPN.com:
The guys have done a good job of moving the ball. We've been focusing lately on getting a good shot out of every possession. They don't care who gets it. Isaiah, I thought, was terrific all night long. He was making a lot of good plays and working hard defensively and rebounding the ball as well.
Baylor was simply outmatched here, as it just could not hold up against Oklahoma's great mix of size and speed.
Baylor head coach Scott Drew praised Oklahoma's success shooting from the field during an interview with ESPN.com. Said Drew, "When they're 11 for 18 from 3, you're feeling decent that you're still in the game."
Unfortunately for Baylor, its losing streak continues, as the Bears have now dropped seven of their last eight games. After an upset victory over Oklahoma State just a week ago, it appeared as though they were able to right the ship.
Now, after two straight losses to Kansas and Oklahoma, it will be back to the drawing board as the Bears take on TCU on Wednesday.
The Sooners will look to start a winning streak on Wednesday at home against Texas Tech.
Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
Isaiah Austin's 16 points are most by a BU player in 1st half this season. #SicOU— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) February 9, 2014
Isaiah Austin was the biggest bright spot for the Bears on Saturday. He was extremely efficient from the field, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. His efforts resulted in 21 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Game Grade: A
Brady Heslip, G, Baylor
Brady Heslip is normally a go-to guy for the Bears. He did not attempt many shots from the field as he focused on three-point shooting on the evening. He was still able to flourish in that department, as he hit 50 percent of his shots, going 4-of-8 from behind the arc for a total of 12 points.
Game Grade: B
Cory Jefferson, F, Baylor
Cory Jefferson struggled from close range against Oklahoma on Saturday. He was only able to connect on three of nine attempts from the field. After throwing down two of three free-throw attempts, he was only able to manage eight points. He did come away with four rebounds, but he remained rather ineffective throughout the game.
Game Grade: C-
Isaiah Cousins, G, Oklahoma
FINAL: No. 21 Oklahoma 88, Baylor 72. Isaiah Cousins scored a team-high 21 points and pulled down a team-high seven boards.— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) February 9, 2014
Cousins stole the show against Baylor on Saturday. He connected on six of 11 attempts from the field, including going 3-of-4 from three-point range and downing all six of his free-throw attempts. He came away with an impressive 21 points and added seven rebounds for good measure.
After the game, Cousins explained his success during an interview with ESPN.com. Said Cousins, "My teammates wanted me to be more aggressive. I just had to step up and do what I do—attack and try some scoring. It turned out to be a pretty good day."
Game Grade: A+
Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma
Buddy Hield pulling a Melvin Ejim on @ESPN2 right now.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 9, 2014
Hield was extremely efficient throughout Saturday's contest. He certainly helped the team's field-goal percentage, as he was able to make seven of 10 attempts from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. His prowess from behind the arc was on display as he put up 19 points on the contest.
Game Grade: A
Cameron Clark, F, Oklahoma
Clark showed his versatility against Baylor, as he was able to connect on seven of his eight attempts from the field, including going 2-of-3 from three-point range. He put up 16 points due to only missing one shot throughout the duration of the game.
Game Grade: A