Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sooners Rout Baylor, Again

Coming home off a two game road trip to two of the toughest arenas in the Big 12 conference Oklahoma guard Terrell Everett decided to take Saturday afternoon off, from scoring. Instead the senior dished out 14 assists, the most by a Sooner in 8 years, in Oklahoma’s 80-52 win over Baylor.

The Sooners continue to remain hot winning 7 of their last eight games and doing it Saturday with a new scoring leader. Michael Neal scored a team high 18 points going 6-11 from the three point line. Kevin Bookout put in 15 points, freshman Taylor Griffin had 12 and Taj Gray played sluggish again but managed 10 points.

Neal broke an early tie with a 3-pointer from the left side that sparked a 17-2 run and put the Sooners ahead to stay.

The Bears shot 4-for-21 (19 percent) and trailed 38-17 at halftime. It was the second straight game Oklahoma held an opponent to four first-half field goals.
"They really pressured the perimeter and with pressuring the perimeter, it made it tough for us to get people open, so it created more one-on-one play," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We've got to do a better job of finishing then and handling that kind of pressure."

Oklahoma is in solid position to have a high seed going into the conference tournament. The Sooners currently sit in third place behind Texas #1 and Kansas #2. Colorado is just behind OU and the Buffalos will host the Sooners Wednesday night on ESPN 2.

It is still possible, though not probable, for the Sooners to win the regular season conference title. For that to happen OU would need both Kansas and Texas to lose another game. If Texas stumbles again down the stretch it could set up an end of the season match between the Longhorns and Sooners for the conference crown.