Jan. 11, 2011
Oklahoma fell to 8-8 on the year and 0-2 in Big 12 play with a 74-61 road loss to Baylor. The Bears shot .622 from the field and posted a 44-24 advantage in paint points to improve to 12-3 and 2-0.
The Sooners trailed 36-23 before scoring the final nine points of the first half (they hit 3-pointers on the last three possessions) and the first two of the second half to draw within 36-34. OU trailed by just three (49-46) with 11:30 remaining and by five (62-57) with 5:30 left. Baylor ended the game on a 12-4 run.
Oklahoma committed 13 turnovers to Baylor's 17 and outscored the Bears 27-11 off turnovers.
The Sooners played without senior guard Cade Davis, their second leading scorer (13.1) and rebounder (5.0) on the year. Davis' grandmother passed away earlier in the day.
Sophomore guard Steven Pledger scored a team-high 17 points with the help of 5-for-10 3-point shooting. Over the last four games, Pledger is 12-for-18 (.667) from 3-point range to up his season mark to .386. He added two rebounds, two assists and a season-high-tying three steals while playing the entire game.
Freshman guard/forward Cameron Clark, who also played all 40 minutes (third time this season), contributed 16 points, four boards, a career-high three assists and two steals. His five highest scoring totals have come over the last eight contests.
Sophomore guard Carl Blair finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists in 38 minutes. His three steals were his most in an OU uniform. Blair is averaging 6.0 assists over the last eight games.
Sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald contributed nine points and five rebounds before fouling out for the second time this year.
Junior Nick Thompson played 31 minutes off the bench (his most since the second game of the season) and finished with seven points and a team-high six rebounds.
OU managed 13 offensive rebounds, nine more than it had against Texas A&M on Saturday. The Sooners turned them into 16 second-chance points.
Baylor's .622 field goal percentage was an OU opponent season high. Freshman forward Perry Jones was 10-for-13 from the field and finished with 25 points and seven boards. The Sooners held the Big 12's leading scorer, LaceDarius Dunn, to 16 points (entered game averaging 23.1).
The Sooners are on the road again Saturday when they play at Texas at 3 p.m. CT (televised by the Big 12 Network).