NORMAN — Early in the second half against Baylor on Saturday, things didn't look good for Oklahoma.
The Sooners' two leading scorers throughout the season — Buddy Hield and Cam Clark — had been non-factors for most of the last three halves.
After Baylor honored its Big 12 championship football team at halftime and scored the half's first bucket to go up eight, the Ferrell Center was rocking.
But then the Sooners duo got going and No. 25 Oklahoma went on to upset No. 12 Baylor.
First, Clark hit a jumper. Isaiah Cousins drained a jumper. Hield hit a layup.
The Sooners' run really got going when Hield broke free from Baylor's zone, drained a 3-pointer to put the Sooners ahead for the first time since the opening half and OU was off and going.
The play wasn't even supposed to be for Hield but instead for Ryan Spangler.
“We were running this play that was really for Spang down low,” Clark said. “But I saw Buddy. He was hot. When he's hot man, you've gotta get him the ball. You see what he can do. I was looking for him in transition and things like that and he was able to knock down shots.”
With Hield's ability to quickly turn games around like he did Saturday, the Sooners could ill-afford to go without their sparkplug for any length of time.
That's why Hield is fighting through his latest foot ailment.
Hield missed time last season after breaking his foot in February and then was forced to sit out of the preseason trip to Belgium and France after aggravating the injury in practice.
Late in the first half of the win over Iowa State on Jan. 11, Hield was stepped on by the Cyclones' DeAndre Kane.
Although Hield is wearing a boot at times off the court, he insists it's fine.
“We're trying to figure out what it is, but it's not a big deal,” Hield said before the Baylor game. “Doctors said I could play through it.”
Hield said X-rays had been negative, and it was likely a bone bruise.
The sophomore guard admitted he was somewhat worried about the injury, but he put it out of his mind on the court.
In the loss at Kansas State and in the first half against Baylor, Hield went a combined 5 of 19 from the floor before hitting a layup early in the second half Saturday.
“I'm always a confident shooter,” Hield said. “My teammates are always encouraging me to take shots. Fortunately in the second half I got a little spurt going.”