The Big 12 is the best conference in college basketball. But that’s no consolation for an Oklahoma Sooners team that fell to 2-5 in conference play after another close loss. This time, they dropped another tight contest to the No. 21 Baylor Bears 62-60.
The Sooners took a 58-56 lead over the Bears with 1:39 remaining on a Milos Uzan lob to C.J. Noland. Baylor responded on their next possession with a three-pointer by Jalen Bridges. Grant Sherfield drove to the basket to retake the lead, but his floater off the backboard rattled off the rim. The Bears extended their lead with a contested three-pointer by Adam Flagler. It was a strong defensive possession by Sherfield, Flagler was clutch in the moment to extend Baylor’s lead to four with 24 seconds to play.
Oklahoma pulled within two in the final seconds but couldn’t get the ball back in the waning moments.
It was another frustrating home loss for Oklahoma against a ranked opponent. The Sooners led by four at halftime in what was a tightly contested game that saw multiple lead changes throughout.
Jalen Hill led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds. He was 8 of 13 from the field. Tanner Groves was the only other Sooner in double-figures with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting and was 2 of 5 from three.
The Sooners struggled again from three-point range, shooting 23.8% from behind the arch on 21 attempts.
Oklahoma’s leading scorer on the season, Grant Sherfield, was just 3 of 10 from the field for eight points.
With the loss, Oklahoma falls to 11-8 on the season and is just 2-6 in Big 12 play. For their next challenge, the Sooners head to Fort Worth to take on the No. 14 ranked TCU Horned Frogs (15-4, 9-2 in Big 12). The Frogs picked up a big win on Saturday over Kansas, 83-60.
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