- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Isaiah Austin has had it with discussing losses.

The 7-foot-1 center scored a season-high 21 points but Baylor fell short for the seventh time in eight games Saturday night, 88-72 to No. 21 Oklahoma.

The Bears, who spent the first three months of the season ranked in the Top 25 and cracked the Top 10, once again were forced to evaluate a defeat. Austin wasn’t in the mood as he sat down in front of the media.

“I’m going to be completely honest: I really don’t want to be here right now,” he said.

Austin said Baylor remains motivated and has its struggles in perspective.

“It’s basketball, it’s not life,” he said. “It’s a privilege to play out there on that court. We’re thankful to be out there. Right now, things aren’t going our way, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to hang our heads.”

Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half, Buddy Hield had 19 points and Cameron Clark added 16 for the Sooners (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who made a season-high 14 3-pointers and snapped a two-game skid.

Brady Heslip scored 12 points for Baylor (14-9, 2-8), which shot 46 percent in the first half but just 39 percent in the second.

The teams combined to make 23 3-pointers. Oklahoma took 29 shots from 3-point range and 27 inside the arc, while Baylor took 23 of its 59 shots from 3-point territory.

Oklahoma shot 64 percent from the field to take a 43-35 halftime lead. Hield scored 17 points in the first half for the Sooners, who shot 11 for 18 from 3-point range and had 12 assists to just four turnovers before the break. Oklahoma’s largest lead in the half was 12 points.

“OU really shot the ball well,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “We didn’t defend very well. When we did defend better, they were on a roll and made some contested shots.”

Austin went 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and matched his season high with 16 points in the first half. He committed his second foul with 6:02 left in the half, but remained in the game and didn’t commit any more before the break.

Baylor’s Rico Gathers converted a three-point play to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 54-49, but the Sooners bounced right back. A 3-pointer by Tyler Neal pushed Oklahoma’s advantage to 10, and the Sooners extended their lead to 14 before the Bears called a timeout with 10:48 left.

Baylor cut Oklahoma’s lead to nine before Jordan Woodard converted a three-point play with 4:58 remaining to help the Sooners regain control.

“It was tough to consistently get enough stops to really cause anything,” Drew said. “And then it seemed like when we did have a defensive stop, that’s when we gave up 10 offensive rebounds. Their offensive rebounds were timely. When you play good defense, you’ve got to get it when they’re playing that well offensively. And we didn’t do that.”


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