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.
BEARS BLACKS OUT
Just like when Oklahoma's football team visited Baylor in early November, the Bears had a blackout Saturday, wearing black jerseys and asking the fans to wear black.
Before the game, a pair of Baylor football players spoke briefly, making reference to Baylor's 41-12 win over the Sooners.
At halftime, the entire football team was introduced on the court, with players hoisting the Big 12 Championship trophy and asking fans to be loud when the Sooners had the ball in the second half and quiet when Baylor touched it.
The exhortation didn't help much as the Sooners scored 16 of the first 18 points after the break to jump ahead.
After more than a week between home games, the Sooners return to the Lloyd Noble Center to host TCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPNU).
The Horned Frogs are 9-8 overall and 0-5 in Big 12 play after Saturday night’s 60-49 loss against Texas Tech. TCU has dropped all 11 of its conference road games since joining the conference before last season.
Oklahoma has dropped two of its last three at home.