The Sooners continue to struggle on the offensive side of the ball. However, the defense affords the program numerous shots at claiming a victory. That was clearly evident as Oklahoma traveled to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears in a conference tilt. Claiming a lead throughout a majority of the first half, OU simply faded when it counted most resulting in a 59-53 loss. The skid now rests at five consecutive losses while Lon Kruger attempts to regroup before the post season.
Refusing to fall victim to the zone defense, Kristian Doolittle set the tone for the rest of the team by netting 14 points. Leading the charge in scoring, the Sooners found themselves with a 51-50 edge with 5:00 minutes remaining in regulation on the forward’s layup. Retreating to the defensive side of the court, Oklahoma leaned on the strong suit of this group.
However, Baylor boasts the conference’s best three point shooting team against Big 12 foes. Riding the hot hand, Devonte Bandoo connected on one of his five three point attempts to regain the lead for the Bears.
For the remainder of the game, Oklahoma would score only two points despite several trips to the charity stripe. In general, a lack of free throws continues to become a growing concern. As a program, OU toed the line fifteen times throughout forty minutes of play. Moving forward, it must be a priority as the team takes to the road once again.