WACO, Texas – Sometimes you have to learn how to win and the process isn't always an easy one. But it's one it seems Oklahoma is starting to figure out.
The Sooners for the second time in conference play have been able to put behind a mid-week loss and rebound with a Saturday win as OU took down No. 12 Baylor 66-64 on Saturday afternoon.
OU didn't have the answers Tuesday night at Kansas State, faltering and stumbling late in losing a late lead and ultimately the game. However, the Sooners were the ones making the late run in Waco to keep the Bears from rebounding from a loss of their own and snapping their 13-game home winning streak.
OU built up a 65-58 lead in the final minute before Baylor center Isaiah Austin tried to play hero. Not known as a three-point shooter at all, Austin made back-to-back from downtown to cut the lead to 65-64 with less than 10 seconds left.
OU guard Jordan Woodard made one of two free throws and then the Sooners were able to put up a defensive stand on the final possession to secure the win.
Woodard bounced back himself from an off night in Manhattan, scoring 10 points and dishing out eight assists. Woodard didn't play the final five minutes against KSU, but he was front-and-center down the stretch against the Bears, making 5 of his 7 free throws.
Sophomore guard Buddy Hield led all scorers with 19 points, knocking down four 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. All 19 points came in the second half. OU was 1-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half but made 6 of its 13 attempts in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and play most of the second half with the lead.
Everybody knew it would be a tough five-game stretch to start conference play, and OU gets out of it at 3-2 with two crucial wins against Iowa State last week and Baylor. The Sooners (14-4) return home against TCU on Wednesday night and Saturday's win might be enough to keep the 25th-ranked Sooners in the top 25.