Oklahoma holds on as Baylor tries to spoil Buddy Hield’s Senior Night

Buddy Hield had a great individual performance in a loss at Texas over the weekend in a game that saw Oklahoma allow a huge run in the second half that cost them the game. For the second straight game Hield started hot and then cooled off after halftime as the Sooners gave away a lead. This time they got it back and a bucket from Hield, who did finish with a game-high 23 points, in the final minute helped give Oklahoma a 73-71 on Senior Night.

The whole Oklahoma team came out hot early, shooting well from behind the arc (9-of-18 from 3 in the first half) and jumping out to a 26-point lead at one point and a 46-25 advantage at halftime. But Baylor is one of the best road teams in the Big 12 right now, and their response added to that reputation. The Bears slowly chipped away at the lead and then got a chance, thanks to some Oklahoma turnovers, to make a 13-0 run and even take the lead with three minutes left in the game.

Hield’s layup with 1:08 to play and a pair of free throws were the Sooners’ final four points of the game. Baylor had a chance to tie with an attempt at a basket off a missed free three with 2.4 seconds left, but the ball was secured by Oklahoma for the win.

This was nearly a devastating loss for Oklahoma after looking somewhat shaky with a 4-4 record in February. The Sooners will finish the season at TCU, hoping for a West Virginia loss to move in line for a 2-seed in the Big 12 tournament. Baylor falls to 10-7 in conference play, looking at the potential of getting seeded anywhere from No. 3 to No. 6 depending on how things shake out over the weekend.

Buddy Hield scored 23 but Baylor nearly spoiled his senior night. (USATSI)


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