Oklahoma beats Baylor 90-76

JEFF LATZKE (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressFebruary 24, 2013
Oklahoma beats Baylor 90-76
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Baylor center Isaiah Austin (21) shoots over Oklahoma forward Amath M'Baye (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Sam Grooms scored a career-high 23 points, Steven Pledger had 17 of his 19 points in the first half as Oklahoma built a big lead and the Sooners held off Baylor's comeback attempt for a 90-76 victory on Saturday.

With the win, Oklahoma (18-8, 9-5 Big 12) remained ahead of the Bears in the conference standings and swept the season series after getting swept a season ago.

Grooms did most of his damage at the free-throw line, drawing frequent fouls as Baylor resorted to full-court pressure after falling behind. He went 15 for 17 on foul shots and Oklahoma went 39 for 45 to set season-highs in both categories.

Big 12 scoring leader Pierre Jackson scored 24 of his 28 points after changing shoes at halftime, but was unable to get Baylor (16-11, 7-7) any closer than 12 after trailing by 26 at the half.