WACO, Texas – Buddy Hield became a cheerleader while sitting on the Oklahoma bench with two fouls in the first half. The dynamic guard got back to scoring after halftime when the Sooners made a case to stay No. 1.
The Sooners started their first week atop the AP poll since 1990 with a close loss at No. 19 Iowa State on Monday night.
They ended it Saturday with the Big 12 scoring leader getting 14 of his 19 points after halftime in an 82-72 victory at No. 13 Baylor, ending the Bears' 15-game home winning streak and matching them for the conference lead in a game that wasn't really that close.
Oklahoma (16-2, 5-2) matched a season high with 16 three-pointers, had 29 assists on 31 field goals and never trailed after a half-ending run when Jordan Woodard scored 15 points of his 20 points with Hield sitting on the bench the last nine minutes.
"Jordan was really carrying the whole team making shots," Hield said. "I was celebrating more than anybody on the bench, happy to see him make a lot of shots during that stretch."
Baylor (15-4, 5-2) opened the second half with an 11-4 run, tying it at 41-all with 17:39 left on Ish Wainright's three-pointer. Hield made consecutive threes in a 26-second span before Isaiah Cousins hit another three less than a minute later.
That was part of a 41-17 run over a 12-minute span that put Oklahoma up 82-58 before the Bears scored the game's last 14 points against Sooners reserves to make the game look closer than it actually was.
"OU was outstanding and I thought we were average, at best," said Baylor coach Scott Drew, his voice very raspy. "Disappointed we didn't have a better showing for an opportunity like this."
Baylor's 15-game winning streak had matched its longest in 28 years playing in the Ferrell Center.
The Sooners were the first No. 1 team to visit Waco since Kansas on Jan. 11, 1997. The Bears are 0-7 all-time against No. 1 teams.
Isaiah Cousins had 13 points and nine assists for the Sooners.
"After Iowa State we felt like we needed to put more pressure on opposing teams. We came out ready to play D," Cousins said. "Everybody's on the same page, everybody's ready to knock down shots when we're locked in, and trying to make the right play."