Sooners Blow Huge Lead, Hold On to Beat Baylor On Night Griffin Honored

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Oklahoma's 6th-ranked men's basketball team looked like they would blow out Baylor, then had to hold on to survive blowing a big lead to win 73-71 on Tuesday night, March 1, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

OU started the game on a 30-9 run and led by 21 at halftime, and by 24 in the second half.

Baylor responded with a 21-2 run to take the lead at 68-67 on a layup by Al Freeman.

The Sooners answered with a jumper from Isaiah Cousins and a layup by Buddy Hield to give OU a 71-68 lead with just over a minute to play.

The game still wasn't decided though, until Taurean Prince of Baylor intentionally  missed a free throw with Baylor trailing by two with 2.5 seconds to play.

Hield got the rebound to seal the win for the Sooners on senior night.

Hield, one of six OU seniors, three of whom playe din the game, led all scorers with 23 pointsand hit four 3-pointers.

Cousins added 10 points, and the other senior who played, Ryan Spangler, had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Baylor shot 50 percent from the field and forced 17 Sooner turnovers in the game.

Former OU All-American Blake Griffin was honored at halftime, with his #23 raised to the roof at Lloyd Noble.

Oklahoma improves to 23-6 on the season, 11-6 in Big 12 play.

OU finishes the regular season on Saturday at TCU at noon.