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Oklahoma basketball notebook: Zone gives Sooners fits early

For much of the first half Saturday, Oklahoma struggled against Baylor's zone, going just 7 for 30 from the field and 1 of 13 behind the 3-point line before the half.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 18, 2014

For much of the first half Saturday, Oklahoma struggled against Baylor's zone, going just 7 for 30 from the field and 1 of 13 behind the 3-point line before the half.

But the No. 25 Sooners shot nearly 60 percent after the break and had six 3-pointers to upset No. 12 Baylor 66-64 at the Ferrell Center.

“It was a combination of both,” Sooners senior Cam Clark said of what was more responsible for the first-half struggles — poor shooting or good defense. “But the second half, we picked it up. We started swinging the ball more and got open looks that we were able to knock down.”

AUSTIN KEEPS BAYLOR IN IT

Baylor's 7-foot center Isaiah Austin had made just one 3-pointer on the season going into the game's final 30 seconds before he delivered a pair to give Baylor a chance to win at the end.

Austin, a high school teammate of Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak, finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Austin is blind in his right eye after he suffered a detached retina in middle school and several surgeries to fix the problem failed to restore his vision. He wears a prosthetic in his right eye and wears protective glasses during games.

Austin was a top five national recruit coming out of Arlington (Texas) Grace Preparatory Academy and chose to return to Baylor after averaging 13 points and 8.3 rebounds as a freshman.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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