No. 1 Oklahoma made its case to remain the top team in the nation by rolling No. 13 Baylor for an 82-72 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
The Sooners (16-2, 5-2 Big 12) rebounded nicely from a close loss on Tuesday night at No. 19 Iowa State and led by as many as 24 points in the second half before Baylor closed on a mostly uncontested 12-0 run to narrow the final margin.
Oklahoma shot 62 percent from the field for the game, including 57 percent from long range.
Jordan Woodard led all scorers with 20 points, all of them coming in a first half that saw Sooners' star guard Buddy Hield sit on the bench for the final nine minutes in foul trouble.
Hield scored 14 points in the second half and finished the game with 19 on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Bears (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) were trying to beat a top-ranked team for the first time in school history. They remained close throughout the first half, trailing by seven at the break, but just couldn't limit Oklahoma in transition or limit open three-point attempts.
Taurean Prince and Johnathan Motley each had 15 points in the losing effort.