Sooners Storm Past Baylor, 91-42

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 07, 2003


AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. - Perhaps the result was to be expected, even if the score wasn't.

Here was No. 7 Oklahoma, winner of 33 straight home games, playing a Baylor team that had lost 21 straight road games and 17 in a row to the Sooners.

Oklahoma won 91-42 Saturday, shooting 58 percent and making 13 3-pointers - both season highs - in what proved to be little more than a tuneup for Monday's matchup at No. 3 Texas.

"When you come out and combine tremendous halfcourt defense, rebound the basketball off the defensive boards and shoot the lights out, it's hard not to look good," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said.

"We're not quite as good as we played today, probably, and Baylor's nowhere near as bad as they played. They caught us on the wrong day."

The Sooners (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) have won six in a row since their only conference loss, 48-46 to Oklahoma State on Jan. 13.

The victory was Oklahoma's most lopsided since beating Eastern Illinois 109-50 in December 2001.

Baylor absorbed its worst loss since December 1983, when Clemson beat the Bears by 50.

"I'm not sure there's much a lot of teams would have been able to do with them today," Baylor coach Dave Bliss said.

"We got behind and had to do some things to try to get in it that right now we can't do. I think we just got in a situation where they just kept knocking shots down and as much as we tried to adjust things, they made shots on us."

Hollis Price scored 17 for the Sooners. De'Angelo Alexander scored 15, Quannas White 13 and Ebi Ere and Blake Johnston 11 each.

Price, Alexander, White and Johnston all made three 3-pointers. As a team, the Sooners were 13-of-22 from behind the arc.

John Lucas scored 12 and R.T. Guinn 10 for Baylor (10-9, 1-7), which shot just 33 percent and committed 18 turnovers.

White hit two 3-pointers to open the game, a sign of things to come. The Sooners made eight 3s in taking a 50-21 halftime lead - their highest first-half total of the season and Baylor's lowest.

A jumper by Guinn five minutes into the game made the score 12-5, then Price hit a 3-pointer in transition to start an 11-0 run that gave Oklahoma a 23-5 lead. The Sooners scored on five of their six possessions during that time.

Baylor, meanwhile, started out 2-of-8 with five turnovers.

"This whole week was focused on defense," Price said. "We hardly did anything on offense this week, and that's where we want to get our energy from. We started well on defense and our offense just came.

"We fed off each other and the shots just kept falling."

Bliss, recognized before the game along with the 1979 Oklahoma team he coached to a Big Eight title, called two timeouts in the first eight minutes to try to slow the Sooners, but it didn't help.

They made 17 of their first 24 shots and wound up 36-for-62 from the field. They led by as many as 53 in the second half.

"It's hard to imagine a team playing much better than they did tonight," Bliss said. "They were a Final Four team last year and certainly looked every bit like it today."



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