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Top Ranked Sooners Defeat #13 Baylor 82-72, And It Wasn't Even That Close

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Woodard's 20 first half points were a life-saver for the Sooners.

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Junior guard Jordan Woodard saw Buddy Hield's first half foul troubles as an opportunity, and he took full advantage of it. With Oklahoma's star on the bench, with two fouls, Woodard scored twenty points in the first twenty minutes to put the Sooners at a 37-30 advantage going into the break. Hield returned to the floor at the start of the second half and Oklahoma blew the doors off the Ferrell Center.

Shooting 62% from the floor (57.1% from the three-point line) Oklahoma shredded the Baylor zone and left the Bears with their first home loss of the season. Coming into the game the Bears held the top spot in the conference at 5-1 and had an overall record of 15-3. Oklahoma now moves into a logjam at the top of the conference standings, which shows the depth of the conference, and are moving into a more favorable stretch of their schedule.

Woodard's 20 points were a team-high, with Buddy contributing 19, Isaiah Cousins 13, and Ryan Spangler with 11 to round out Oklahoma's top scorers. The Sooners were beaten on the boards by a margin of 34-18, but forced 16 Baylor turnovers and dished out a whopping 29 assists.

A string of four turnovers from freshmen Jamuni McNeace, Christian James, and Rashard Odomes helped the Bears end the game on a 10-0 run, turning a 20-point blowout into a 10-point loss.

The Sooners are back home against Texas Tech on Tuesday night.