Oklahoma survives Baylor comeback to capture share of second place in Big 12

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip might have had a foot on the line when he fired a 3-point attempt to tie Oklahoma at the buzzer. The ball bounced around the rim and lingered for a moment on the front of the rim before falling off.

At just about the same time, exasperated Baylor coach Scott Drew fell to the floor flat on his back undoubtedly wishing for just a few more seconds after watching his team battle almost all the way back from a 16-point deficit. Oklahoma managed to hang on and win 74-71 in one of several key games in the Big 12 Conference.

Isaiah Austin led all scorers with 21 points and he grabbed 22 rebounds for Baylor while Pierre Jackson chipped in 20 points and led the rally. Jackson also had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but missed a 3-pointer. Amath M'Baye and Steven Pledger each scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma, which moved into a tie with Baylor for second place in the conference at 14-5 overall and 5-2 in Big 12 play.

The loss continued a season of inconsistency for the Bears, who haven't been able to string together more than three wins at any point. Baylor now faces two tough road games at Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the next week.

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