OU Falls to No. 4 Baylor in Conference Opener
|Points||Motley - 19||James - 11|
|Rebounds||Motley - 13||Odomes - 7|
|Assists||Lecomte - 4||Doolittle - 3|
|Steals||Lindsey - 4||Three Players - 1|
|Blocks||Motley - 3||Lattin - 3|
NORMAN (AP) — In its first Big 12 matchup of the season, the Oklahoma men's basketball team fell to No. 4/4 Baylor, 76-50, inside the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday night.After a nine-day layoff, Baylor coach Scott Drew wondered how sharp his team would be as they took the court for their Big 12 opener on the road. He got his answer early, as the fourth-ranked Bears jumped on the Sooners.
"We did a great job. Coming off a break, you're always worried the first game back, your team's not going to be as sharp," Drew said. "But I thought we were really good for most of 40 minutes. We never really had any letdowns."
Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Bears (12-0, 1-0) remain one of five unbeaten teams in Division I.
"I was excited about the way we played," said Motley, who topped his team leading averages of 16 points and 8.7 rebounds. "It was a great way to start the Big 12."
Off to their best start in 16 years, the Bears raced to a 36-17 halftime lead and Oklahoma (6-6, 0-1) got no closer over the final 20 minutes. Baylor expanded the lead to as many as 34 points in the second half.
Manu Lecompte added 14 points for Baylor and Jo Lual-Acuil had 12 points and eight rebounds, as Baylor outrebounded the Sooners 46-30.
Oklahoma played its second straight game without senior guard Jordan Woodard, the team's leading scorer at 17.6 per contest. Woodard was a game day scratch with an undisclosed medical condition not related to the high leg injury that had kept him out of the previous game. His status for the near future is uncertain.
"As you know, all we can say is that it is a medical situation that will continue to be evaluated and monitored," Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. "Hopefully (he'll return) sooner than later but there's no timetable at this point.
Christian James had 11 points for Oklahoma, which lost its fourth straight. It was the worst home loss in Kruger's tenure and the worst Big 12 home defeat for the Sooners since 2010-11.
Up next, Oklahoma tries to rebound Tuesday night at TCU, where they have lost just once in nine outings.