Waco, TX—Every time the game was close or the Sooners took the lead, the wheels fell off the wagon. Oklahoma drops its fifth straight game, losing 59-53 to the Baylor Bears.
The Sooners had ample amounts to take control of the game as the second half dwindled down but time and time again, OU forced their own errors.
The key possession that turned the game in favor of the Bears was a play that could have cost them a third straight loss. Christian James missed two free throws from a flagrant foul and on the ensuing possession Baylor forced a turnover, drawing a foul of their own and making both free throws. A six-point swing, the Bears kept Oklahoma at bay over the last three minutes.
Both James and Kristian Doolittle had solid offensive performances in vain once again.
James shot 4 of 8 from the floor for 11 points along with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Doolittle led the Sooners with 14 points on 7 of 15 shooting. His play in the paint was sloppy at times and his 3 turnovers cost the Sooners important possessions down the stretch.
Defending the perimeter and free throws cost the Sooners.
Baylor shot 10 of 22 from deep and 7 of 10 at the line compared to Oklahoma who shot 3 of 16 from three and 8 of 15 at the charity stripe.
One of the few positives from the game is that it was close. The Sooners’ five game losing streak began when Baylor won by 30 points in Norman.
Baby steps have been made since the January 28 massacre but they are the smallest of baby steps.
Oklahoma is on the verge of being projected as high as a 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament, to not making the dance.
OU will play the TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, February 16 at 11 AM in hopes to keep their postseason hope alive.