Behind 44 points from Trae Young, No. 12 Oklahoma was able to fend off Baylor for a 98-96 win. The Sooners stared a one-point deficit in the face with 56-seconds left in the game, and scored three unanswered in the final 24-seconds to secure the win.
Even with his 44 points, the game started off slow for Young. Baylor made it a point to get the ball out of his hands early, and he saw his teammate Rashard Odomes score 14 points through the first 12-minutes of the game. Odomes finished the game with 18 points, a season-high.
Young wasted no time to get going in the second half. He hit his first three of the half just 1:48 into it, and then poured on 28 more points to go along with his nine overall assists, but none came bigger than his last two points.
With 23 seconds to go, Young missed a layup, and instead of watching, he grabbed the offensive rebound over two of Baylor’s bigs. The freshman went right back up with a shot, got fouled, and then hit both free throws to give his team a 97-96 lead–which was all they needed.
Khadeem Lattin added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Brady Manek scored 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
With the win, the Sooners remain a game back of Kansas in the Big 12 race.
No. 12 Oklahoma travels to Texas on Saturday.