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The Oklahoma Sooners Squeak Past The Baylor Bears, 73-71

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The Oklahoma Sooners jumped out to an early lead thanks to 9-of-18 shooting from behind the arc in the first half. The effort secured a welcomed 26-point lead and it appeared OU would cruise to victory. However, Buddy Hield and the rest of the crew began to cool off as thoughts of Saturday's game against Texas raced through the minds of the fans.

Responding to the challenge set before them, the Baylor Bears slowly chipped away at the deficit. Forcing turnovers and knocking down shots, the Bears used a 13-0 run to grab a 68-67 advantage over their opponent with 3:51 remaining in regulation. Hoping to spoil senior night for Oklahoma, the folks from Waco shut down the perimeter shooters in the second half.

For the final twenty minutes of play, the Sooners connected a three 3-point attempts. But, in the face of adversity the great players rise to the occasion. As he's done all season long, Hield scored the final points for the crimson and cream. Finishing with 23 points, a layup and two free throws from the senior sealed the deal as OU held on to win 73-71.

The win over a ranked foe comes after a 4-4 month of February. With one final game against TCU, the Oklahoma Sooners hold out for the No. 2 Seed in the Big XII Tournament. Yet, they'll need a loss from West Virginia who still has one ranked opponent on the schedule.