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Oklahoma basketball: Cameron Clark's big defense play helps seal big road win over No. 12 Baylor

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.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 18, 2014

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).

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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