NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help No. 21 Oklahoma beat Baylor 88-72 on Saturday night.
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.
Isaiah Austin scored a season-high 21 points for Baylor (14-9, 2-8), which once again was competitive in a losing effort. The Bears, who spent the first three months of the season ranked in the Top 25 and cracked the Top 10, lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Baylor 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.
Austin, a 7-foot-1 center, 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 out 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.
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