- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Johnathan Motley did all he could to try and help Baylor upset Oklahoma. It just wasn’t enough.

Motley scored a season-high 24 points for Baylor, but No. 18 Oklahoma beat the 22nd-ranked Bears 73-63 on Saturday.

TaShawn Thomas scored 24 points for the Sooners. The 6-foot-8 senior who transferred from the University of Houston before the season made 11 of 17 shots and grabbed eight rebounds.

Baylor coach Scott Drew said Motley, a freshman, held his own.

“Johnathan was tremendous,” Drew said. “He really played poised and within himself. He didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t force things.”

Taurean Prince added 17 for Baylor (11-2, 0-1 Big 12). Prince and Motley shot a combined 15-for-24, while the rest of the team shot 7-for-35.

Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Isaiah Cousins added 19 points for the Sooners (10-3, 1-0), who won their third straight in the conference opener for both teams.

Baylor had won six straight, but the Bears shot 46 percent in the first half and just 29 percent after the break.

Baylor, which had held opponents to 55 points per game, allowed its highest point total of the season. Oklahoma made 21 of 25 free throws, while Baylor made just 12 of 18.

Baylor led 23-16 in the first half, but Hield hit back-to-back 3-pointers, pushing the ball after defensive rebounds and shooting before Baylor could set its defense to give the Sooners a 24-23 lead. Oklahoma led 37-33 at halftime behind 12 points from Thomas and 11 from Cousins. Prince and Motley each scored 12 points in the first half for Baylor.

Baylor made just one of its first seven shots after the break, and Oklahoma took a 46-37 lead on a 3-pointer by Cousins. The Sooners extended their lead to nine on a 3-pointer by Hield, and he drained another three with just over 6 minutes to play to push Oklahoma’s lead to 58-46.

“Oklahoma did what you are supposed to do, and that is winning your home games,” Drew said.

TIP-INS

Baylor: Prince, the Big 12 leader in 3-point percentage heading into the game, made 4 of 8 … Kenny Chery had five assists at halftime but one in the second half. … Rico Gathers, who entered the game leading the Big 12 in rebounding, had 12, including six offensive.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma now leads the series with Baylor 42-11. … Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler, who entered the game as the Big 12 leader in field goal percentage, missed all three of his shots before fouling out, but he played solid defense and grabbed seven rebounds. … Oklahoma committed just two turnovers in the first half. … Oklahoma’s bench scored just two points.

UP NEXT

Baylor: hosts Kansas on Wednesday.

Oklahoma: visits Texas on Monday.

CRITICAL MOMENT

The Sooners fell behind 23-18 early, and appeared to lack energy before Hield hit back-to-back 3-pointers, pushing the ball after defensive rebounds and shooting before Baylor could set its defense, to give the Sooners a 24-23 lead.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Baylor coach Drew, on how the Sooners shut his team down in the second half: “Put a lid on the rim,” he said to laughter. “They just didn’t give us any easy looks.”

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