Men's Basketball Looks To Continue Dominance Over Baylor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 11, 2000

Jan. 11, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma looks for its 11th straight win over Baylor Tuesday when it completes a three-game homestand against its Big 12 Conference foe.

The Sooners, who have a commanding lead in the all-time series at 15-5, haven't lost to Baylor since 1978.

The 16th-ranked Sooners (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) won their fourth straight game on Saturday, beating Texas A&M 78-53 in their conference opener. Oklahoma outrebounded the Aggies 36-29, hit 10 3-pointers and forced 24 turnovers.

Reserve Kelley Newton was 5-of-6 from 3-point range and had a season-high 19 points. Newton, who is among the top 10 in the nation, is shooting 61 percent from behind the arc.

Newton helped the Oklahoma reserves outscore Texas A&M's backups 42-15 and the Aggies' starters by five points.

The Sooners used a 16-4 run to open the game and pushed their lead to 47-29 by halftime.

Fourteen of Newton's 19 points came in the first half, while Texas A&M shot 37 percent from the field.

Coach Kelvin Sampson is impressed but not surprised by Newton's hot shooting. "It's not a surprise to us," he said of the junior. "That's what we recruited Kelley for."

Baylor (9-3, 0-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped Thursday, losing 71-43 at No. 15 Texas. The Bears are in a stretch that includes three straight games against Top 20 opponents, ending Saturday against No. 14 Oklahoma State.

The Bears had one of their best starts in school history outside the conference, but the loss to Texas was their 17th straight in regular-season league play dating to the 1997-98 season. They were 0-16 in the Big 12 last year.

"We are not going to turn things around overnight, but we will use this as a learning experience," Baylor coach Dave Bliss said.



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