“We played hard,” said Steven Pledger, who scored a team-high 17 points. “We can definitely build off this. We play like this every night we’re going to win games.”
The Sooners (8-8, 0-2 in league play) kept a crowd of 7,572 antsy, best evidenced by Baylor coach Scott Drew calling timeouts three times to stop OU’s momentum.
“We made some mistakes but they’re correctable,” Capel said. “If we have this kind of effort and practices like we had leading up to it, I like our chances going forward.”
OU kept the game competitive with a 27-11 edge in points off turnovers to help offset Baylor’s 44-24 edge in the paint.
“I don’t like that we lost but there was some positives,” said forward Andrew Fitzgerald.
Baylor (12-3, 2-0) is riding a record 15-game Ferrell Center winning streak, is 10-0 at home this season and 25-1 at home the past two seasons.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Capel said. “Without Cade, our most experienced guy, our first Big 12 road game that hurt us a little bit. But the guys that played gave us everything they had. We had opportunities down the stretch but had too many mistakes.”