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Oklahoma watches late Baylor three-point attempt rim out and beats Bears, 74-71

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 30, 2013
Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) goes to the basket past Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic (11) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) goes to the basket past Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic (11) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
In Oklahoma’s potential case for a post-season bid, this victory against Baylor will say something.

The Sooners beat the Bears 74-71.

Here are some takeaways:

  • Of Oklahoma’s 14 victories, seven have come on the road.
  • Amath M’Baye and Steven Pledger scored season highs with 20 points each.
  • Baylor hadn’t lost a conference game at home this season and had not dropped a game in Waco since Dec. 4 against Northwestern.
  • The Sooners bench outscored the Bears’ bench 12-2.
  • Baylor center Isaiah Austin grabbed 20 rebounds. Oklahoma forward Romero Osby grabbed eight.
  • The Sooners played a solid first half and second half of fairly turnover free basketball. Then they got sloppy and ended the game with 16 turnovers. They had 11 in the second half.
  • Oklahoma scored 13 points off turnovers. Baylor scored 20.
  • This week, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said he could tell Amath M’Baye felt more comfortable and he would progress as Big 12 season went along. In his seventh Big 12 game, the junior forward went 9-of-12 from the field, including one basket from three-point range.
  • Romero Osby has had major struggles for his fourth game in the last five (dating back to Texas Tech when he got a slow start in the first half.) Osby finished with 11 points but he also had four turnovers.
  • Oklahoma went 29-of-55 from the field.
  • That last three-point, game-tying shot – put up by Baylor’s Brady Heslip – is what college basketball fans live for.
  • Even little kids, who caused a timeout to be taken because they were dancing on the floor, wanted to leave an impact in that game.


(h/t USA TODAY)


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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