The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Baylor Bears 66-64 at the Ferrell Center in Waco after a last-second shot by Royce O’Neale failed to beat the buzzer and tie the game.
Buddy Hield led the Sooners with 19 points and Cameron Clark added 14 in the victory.
Both teams had experienced recent struggles during conference play and were trying to right the ship.
Baylor (13-4, 1-2) was coming off an 82-72 loss against the Texas Tech Raiders after falling behind 43-22 on the road. The No. 12 ranked Bears continued to struggle from the 3-point line against the Sooners, shooting just 6-20.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma (14-4, 3-2) dropped its last game to the Kansas State Wildcats. The No. 25 ranked Sooners failed to hold onto the lead and only scored three points in the last two minutes of the 72-66 loss to the Wildcats – a result that almost repeated itself at the end of this game.
Baylor took a 30-24 lead into halftime behind 8 points from Kenny Chery, while the Sooners shot just 23 percent from the field. Oklahoma guard Cameron Clark struggled to find his shot in the first half, scoring just four points.
The Sooners came alive in the second half, going on a 16-2 run to take the lead 40-32 with 14 minutes remaining. After a Baylor timeout, the Bears put together a run of their own, taking the lead 46-45 on a Cory Jefferson layup.
The two teams went back and forth until the Sooners opened up a 63-57 lead with less than a minute to play. But two 3-pointers by Baylor’s Isaiah Austin closed the gap to 65-64 with 12 seconds remaining. After an Oklahoma free throw pushed the lead to 66-64, Royce O’Neale got his shot off just a little late and the Sooners held on to hand Baylor its first home loss of the season.