The knock on Oklahoma sophomore guard Cameron Clark is he's an athletic talent but he's inconsistent.
For the first time since non-conference play earlier this season, and a brief stretch last season, Clark has provided consistent production, including 14 points in a 77-64 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night that helped the Sooners snap a six-game losing streak.
It's the third consecutive game Clark has scored in double figures. The highest-ranked recruit on OU's roster, a consensus top-40 national player who signed with former coach Jeff Capel, Clark has averaged 14.3 points the past three games. The past three games, he's shot 57.1 percent from the field.
“That mid-range jumper is a shot he has a lot of confidence in,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “It's nice to see him do that. We need that to continue. I still think he can attack even more and take his game up another level.”
NEAL IS HEATING UP
Sophomore forward Tyler Neal scored nine points to continue his recent turnaround.
Over the first dozen conference games, Neal averaged 1.1 points. He was 1-of-10 on 3-pointers. The Putnam City West product was in such a prolonged slump, he never played more than seven minutes.
In OU's last three games, Neal has averaged 9.0 points and is 6-of-13 beyond the arc and is playing close to 20 minutes a game.
WASHINGTON SEIZES BRAGGING RIGHTS
OU senior forward C.J. Washington's fiancé is the daughter of an avid OSU fan.
Washington, who scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds and chipped in two steals and two blocks, is elated to own bragging rights over his future father-in-law who lives in McAlester.
“Now I don't have to hear about losing to them the last time I ever played them,” Washington said. “I'm really happy my team came out and played the way they did, got the stops we needed and responded to their (second half) run. It was a fantastic win for us.”
The Sooners play Saturday afternoon at No. 13 Baylor. The Bears are coming off a win over Texas in Austin. Baylor is 0-4 against Kansas and Missouri but is 10-1 against the rest of the league, including a 77-65 win over OU a month ago in Norman.
Andrew Fitzgerald is in a slump for the first time all season. Fitzgerald scored only six points in Bedlam and is averaging 4.7 the past three games after averaging nearly 15 points the first dozen league games. ... With defenses sagging off, Sam Grooms (10 points, six assists) continues to have some success attacking the rim. ... OU dominated the boards 47-32. ... The win was OU's eighth consecutive home win over the Cowboys.