Baylor Downs Oklahoma in Big 12 Tournament

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 10:53 AM
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The first two times that Baylor played Oklahoma this season, the Bears struggled through the opening minutes and failed to get on track until it was a bit too late.

This time, they delivered the opening blow.

The Bears roared to a 21-point lead early in the second half Thursday night, and then held off a frantic rally by the Sooners for a 78-73 victory in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.

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Isaiah Austin finished with 18 points for the seventh-seeded Bears (23-10), who became the first lower-seeded team to win in this year's tournament. Baylor will face the winner of Texas-West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday night.

"They beat us the first two games, and coach always says it's hard to beat a team three times," said Cory Jefferson, who added 14 points and 11 boards for Baylor. "I'm sure they knew that. They were prepared and we were going to make sure we were prepared."

Cameron Clark scored 19 points and Buddy Hield had 15 for the second-seeded Sooners (23-9), who spent most of the second half frantically rallying from a 52-31 deficit. (More at AP/SoonerSports.com)

Stat Comparison
Category Baylor OU
Points 78 73
FGM-A 24-48 28-66
FG% 50.0 42.4
3 FGM-A 7-14 12-35
3 FG% 50.0 34.3
FTM-A 23-35 5-7
FT% 65.7 71.4
Rebounds 36 34
Assists 16 18
Turnovers 11 9
Blocks 5 2
Steals 5 6
Individual Leaders
Category Baylor OU
Points Austin - 18 Clark - 19
Rebounds Jefferson - 11 Spangler - 8
Assists Chery - 7 Woodard - 5
Steals Heslip - 2 Two Players - 2
Blocks Austin - 5 Two Players - 1