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No. 12 MBB Falls to No. 25 Oklahoma, 66-64

(14-4, 3-2) 25/RV
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 8,544

(13-4, 1-3) 12/13

WACO, Texas (AP) - Kenny Chery scored 16 points with five assists, but No. 25 Oklahoma stormed from behind with a big run led by Buddy Hield's 19 points on the way to a 66-64 victory at No. 12 Baylor on Saturday.

The Sooners (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) were down by eight right after halftime before reeling off 16 consecutive points. Baylor regained the lead on a putback by Cory Jefferson with 9:13 left, and the lead changed hands three more times and there were three ties before Heild's 3-pointer with 4 minutes left made it 58-57. That put the Sooners ahead to stay.

Baylor (13-4, 1-3) had won 13 straight home games, and their only non-conference loss was to No. 2 Syracuse. The Bears next play at No. 15 Kansas on Monday night.

Jordan Woodard made two free throws with 29 seconds left for a 65-58 lead. Baylor's 7-foot-1 center Isaiah Austin then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key before Woodard, a 78 percent free throw shooter, missed after being fouled with 18 seconds left.

Austin hit another 3 from pretty much the same spot and Woodard had the ball again and was fouled. Woodard made the second of two free throws with 9.1 seconds left, leaving Baylor with one more chance.

After Chery brought the ball down the court and passed it to Royce O'Neale whose pass toward Austin was deflected. O'Neale came away with the ball and turned for a shot, but it came after the buzzer and the basket that would have forced overtime didn't count.

Cameron Clark had 14 points and Woodard added 10 for Oklahoma. Ryan Spangler, the Gonzaga transfer, had seven points and nine rebounds.

Chery's 16 points led Baylor while Austin had 12 points and nine rebounds. Jefferson had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Cory Jefferson (11 points) has scored in double figures in 21 of his last 24 games dating back to 2012-13 - it's the 14th time he's done so this season and 44th time in his career.
Kenny Chery (16 points) has scored in double figures 10 times in his Baylor career.
• Chery (5 assists) has had 5 or more assists in 9 games in his Baylor career and has 5 games with 10 or more points and 5 or more assists.
Brady Heslip has hit at least one 3-pointer in 78 of 91 career games, including 61 games with 2+ 3-pointers, 42 games with 3+ 3-pointers and 24 games with 4+ 3-pointers.
Isaiah Austin (12 points) has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 starts, 12 times this season and 39 times in his career.
• Austin (2 blocks) tied Willie Sublett (106) for 6th place on the all-time BU career blocks list with 106 career blocks.
• Austin (2 blocks) has had multiple blocks in 12 games this season and 28 times in his career.
• Austin tied a career high with 2 made 3-pointers, marking the 7th time he's done so in his career and 1st this season.

Baylor outscored Oklahoma in the paint, 30-18.


"I thought the atmosphere was tremendous. I want to thank all the Baylor students that showed up for the blackout." - Baylor head coach Scott Drew

Baylor hits the road to take on Kansas in Lawrence on ESPN Big Monday (Jan. 20) at 8 p.m. CT.



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