WACO, Texas — Offense has carried Oklahoma so far.
Saturday, though, Cameron Clark came up with the game's biggest play on defense — tipping away a pass in the final seconds to give the No. 25 Sooners a 66-64 upset win over No. 12 Baylor at the Ferrell Center.
“We got a deflection and that kind of used up some time,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Seconds are precious at that point and the deflection used up enough time for the horn to go off before they got control of it.”
The win was Oklahoma's first road victory over a team ranked No. 12 or higher in more than 20 years. The Sooners beat No. 6 Kansas on Feb. 17, 1993.
The Bears, starting with 9.1 seconds left, were trying to spring 7-footer Isaiah Austin free for either a game-tying two or a game-winning 3-pointer but Austin never touched the ball.
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins had Kenny Cherry locked down and swung it to Royce O'Neale. O'Neale tried to force the ball to Austin, and Clark tipped the ball into the air. O'Neale got the ball back but couldn't get a shot off until after the buzzer.
It was an agonizing last minute for both sides after Clark's free throw put the Sooners up six with a minute left.
The final minute included a pair of Austin 3-pointers (his first of the season), five timeouts, a long review of an Oklahoma turnover and lasted approximately 23 minutes.
But the Sooners got out with the win despite missing three free throws in the final 18 seconds.
“We've been close the last two or three games that we let go,” Ryan Spangler said. “Today we finally finished it and I think that taught us something.”
The Sooners (14-4) finished a tough stretch to open Big 12 play over .500, going 3-2 including a pair of wins over teams ranked in the top 12.
“We were talking about it ever since last week when we lost to Kansas State,” Clark said. “We instilled in our head this was a must-win game for us. We need to start out with great energy, which I think we did.”
After struggling from the floor in the first half, making just 7 of 30 shots from the field before the break, the Sooners came out on fire, helped by three consecutive 3-pointers by Clark, Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins.
Clark and Hield, the Sooners' top two scorers, were just 6 of 25 from the field in Tuesday's loss at Kansas State.
Hield missed his first four shots Saturday and was scoreless nearly four minutes into the second half before going 7 of 10 down the stretch to lead the Sooners with 19 points.
Clark and Hield combined to go 12 of 23 from the field against Baylor, hitting five 3-pointers.
“It's trust,” Hield said. “My coaches were confident in me and told me I needed to make shots. My teammates found me in good scoring spots and I was able to fill it up.”
Clark added 14, and Ryan Spangler had seven points and nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard had eight assists and just two turnovers.
OU hosts TCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPNU).