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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: Sooners Fall Short Against Baylor, 60-54

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The Sooners lost another close game against a quality opponent.

Oklahoma lost another one by less than 10 points, showing how much fight this team really has. Although it is another loss, Sooner fans can be hopeful for the future. OU brought the game within two points after trailing by as much as 15 points in the second half. Here is what you may have missed:

  • Baylor started right from where they left off, grabbing six rebounds compared to Oklahoma getting just 2 in the first 5: 12 of play. The Bears had a 14-7 lead going into the first media timeout.
  • A 20-4 run by Baylor was stopped with a Jordan Shepherd 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 12 points with 10:18 left in the half.
  • With 7:55 to play, the Sooners trailed 24-12. Oklahoma did much better at crashing the boards, bringing the rebound deficit down to just five less than Baylor. OU only shot 31.3 percent from the field at this point.
  • Oklahoma went into the half down 36-26. The Sooners shot 28.6 percent from the field throughout the half, and 25 percent from beyond the arch. OU only managed to get three assists in the first half, but grabbed six offensive rebounds.
  • Kristian Doolittle and Kameron McGusty lead the Sooners in scoring at the half with six points. Khadeem Lattin grabbed four rebounds, with Rashard Odomes and Shepherd contributing with three rebounds a piece.
  • After falling behind by 15 points early into the second half, OU fought back into the game and brought the deficit back to nine points with 15:52 left in the game.
  • The Sooners continued fighting, going on a 16-6 run and bringing the game within four points with just 10:36 left in the game. Shooting 5-13 from the 3-point line for the game up until that point allowed Oklahoma to claw their way back into the game.
  • OU brought the game within just two points, but Baylor stretched the lead back to five with 7:27 left in the game. The Sooners only had six assists at this point in the game as well.
  • The Sooners and the Bears struggled to score for over three minutes down the stretch of the game, but it was Baylor that was able to edge out the Sooners.
  • McGusty finished as the leading scorer for OU, putting up 13 points. Doolittle contributed with eight points and seven rebounds, and Christian James ended with eight points as well.

3 Takeaways

  1. Kameron McGusty has the longest streak in the Big 12 for freshman scoring double-digits with 15 straight games. He is vital to the success of this team now and in the future.
  2. Oklahoma’s defense was able to frustrate Baylor into only scoring 60 points, 12.3 less than their season average. However, Baylor managed to hold Oklahoma to just 54 and 50 points this season in their games.
  3. The Sooners rebounded better this game, but still lost the rebounding battle by nine to Baylor. OU also only had eight assists throughout the game.

Oklahoma’s next game will be at home against Kansas State on Saturday in Norman. Tipoff is at 5:00 PM CT and will be shown on ESPNU.

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