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)
|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|