Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins scores career-high 21 points in No. 21 Sooners' win over Baylor

Buddy Hield and Cam Clark combined for OU's first 23 points of the game as the No. 21 Sooners snapped a two-game losing streak with an 88-72 win over Baylor on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 8, 2014

— Buddy Hield has had nights like this.

For Isaiah Cousins, it was a new experience.

Hield scored from the outside and Cousins found his way inside after Baylor adjusted defensively to give No. 21 Oklahoma an 88-72 win in front of an estimated 9,189 at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday night.

The sophomore guards combined for 40 points with Cousins leading the way with a career-high 21 points.

Six players had at least eight points for the Sooners (18-6, 7-4 Big 12).

“Our guys have done a good job of moving the ball,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “We've been focusing lately on getting a good shot out of every possession and they don't care who gets it. They just want to attack and if it's for themselves great, if the defense reacts and they kick it to someone else, then they're comfortable with that too.”

Early on, it was Hield and Cam Clark doing the shooting.

The Sooners made nine of their first 12 shots with all of OU's first 23 points coming from Hield and Clark.

After missing his first shot of the game, Hield made five consecutive shots he threw up during the span — all but one from behind the 3-point line.

Clark, who had been struggling recently, got hot quickly, getting to the basket less than three minutes into the game then hitting a pair of long jumpers and a 3-pointer in the game's first 10:19.

The Sooners combined for 11 first-half 3-pointers, including five from Hield.

“We had a ‘20' play that we would run and we would catch and shoot and my teammates found me in the right shooting spots,” Hield said. “I was able to pick up my teammates and just keep going from there.”

by Ryan Aber
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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