Feb. 19, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Tony Crocker converted a four-point play with 7.3 seconds left and Oklahoma came away with its second straight miraculous finish to beat Baylor 92-91 in overtime Tuesday night and gain crucial positioning for its NCAA tournament hopes.
Crocker was fouled by Aaron Bruce while making a 3-pointer from the left wing and then hit his free throw to put Oklahoma ahead late, and Curtis Jerrells missed a pair of free throws with 1 second left that could've given the Bears the win.
Kevin Rogers got the rebound on Jerrells' second miss but was unable to put it back at the buzzer.
Blake Griffin scored a career-high 29 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Oklahoma, which squandered an eight-point lead in the final 3 minutes of regulation before overcoming a 7-0 surge by the Bears to start overtime.
Jerrells scored 29 points and led Baylor's comeback during regulation, but then couldn't come through with the Lloyd Noble Center crowd cheering loudly when he stepped to the line.
Crocker, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, gave Oklahoma a realistic chance at the win when he hit a 3 from the right wing to cut the deficit to 89-88 with 19.7 seconds left.
Bruce hit two free throws to give Baylor a three-point lead, but then got caught under Crocker on what proved to be the game-winner.
It was the second straight dramatic finish for Oklahoma, which got a 28-foot 3-pointer from David Godbold with 1.4 seconds left to knock off Texas Tech in its last game. The victory vaulted the Sooners (18-8, 6-5 Big 12) past Baylor into a tie for fourth-place with Texas A&M in the Big 12 standings.
Austin Johnson scored 19 points for Oklahoma.