Oklahoma 38 36 74
Baylor 26 45 71
Date of game: 1/30/2013

Recap: Baylor vs. Oklahoma

Waco, Texas (Sports Network) - Amath M'Baye and Steven Pledger scored 20 points apiece for the Sooners as Oklahoma defeated the Baylor Bears, 74-71, in a Big 12 Conference showdown at the Ferrell Center.

M'Baye was 9-of-12 from the field with seven rebounds and two blocks for Oklahoma (14-5, 5-2 Big 12), which got its seventh win in nine games. Pledger also dished out five assists. Romero Osby added 11 points off 5-of-7 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds.

Pierre Jackson led all scorers with 22 points for Baylor (14-6, 5-2), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Jackson was just 3-of-12 from long- range. Isaiah Austin was the game's top performer, scoring 17 points while pulling down a career-high 21 rebounds, which is the most ever by a Bear in Big 12 competition.

The Sooners carried a 38-26 lead into halftime after shooting 53.3 percent from the field and holding Baylor to just 31.3 percent.

The Bears battled back tough in the second half and outscored Oklahoma 45-36, despite allowing the Sooners to shoot 52.0 percent from the field. After getting the game back within three points, Baylor had two opportunities to tie the game in the final seconds but Jackson missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left and then Brady Heslip grabbed the offensive rebound and threw up a shot which was also off the mark.

The Bears outrebounded the Sooners, 47-34, but shot just 37.3 percent from the floor while allowing Oklahoma to shoot 52.7 percent.

Game Notes

Mountain West teams have edge in early bowl matchups

The Mountain West Conference has struggled in bowl games the last two years with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread. However, five of those 13 games were against Pac-12 teams.

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