Griffin, Sooners too much for Baylor

Blake Griffin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his Oklahoma record-tying 21st double-double this season and the second-ranked Sooners beat Baylor 78-63 Wednesday night for their 12th straight victory.

Griffin, who had some emphatic dunks, got plenty of help as the Sooners (24-1, 10-0 Big 12) won their 30th consecutive game over Baylor (15-9, 3-7), a streak that dates back to December 1977.

Austin Johnson added 17 points for the Sooners, including a game-changing run of 3-pointers. Willie Warren and Juan Pattillo each had 14 points.

Curtis Jerrells had 19 points to lead Baylor (15-9, 3-7), which has lost six straight games. It is the longest losing streak for the Bears since starting 0-6 in 2005-06, the freshman season for seniors Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers.

After Quincy Acy sparked a wild sequence that got Baylor within 52-49 with 8 minutes left, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel called timeout. And the Sooners responded.

Within a minute after the timeout, Pattillo hit a baseline jumper, and following a missed 3-pointer by Baylor, Johnson passed inside to Pattillo, who made the shot and added a free throw after being fouled.

The Sooners extended their lead to 62-51 when Tony Crocker hit a long 3-pointer with 5 minutes left and Baylor never got closer than seven points after that.

It was 35-30 at halftime after Omar Leary passed to Blake, who made a quick move around Rogers and had a clear path for a one-handed slam in the final minute.

Griffin opened the second half in a similar fashion, with a one-handed reverse slam on a pass from Johnson in the opening minute. Taylor Griffin’s basket made it 40-30 before Baylor had scored in the second half.

Acy’s slam dunk that got Baylor within 52-47 came after a wild sequence when LaceDarius Dunn missed a 3-pointer and a couple of Bears touched the long rebound before Rogers passed to Acy.

Oklahoma then had a turnover, when Warren tried to force a pass inside to Blake Griffin. Acy stole the pass and that led to layup by Dunn. But Baylor never got closer.

Rogers and Dunn each had 11 points. Rogers also had nine rebounds.

Dunn was 0-for-6 shooting 3-pointers, ending his streak of 28 consecutive games with a 3-pointer, one short of the school record.

Oklahoma took the lead for good with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half when Warren hit a long 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 25-24.

That came during a stretch of four consecutive 3-pointers by the Sooners, with Johnson making the other three.

The first by Johnson was from well beyond the arc, but Warren went even a few feet deeper for his. After a timeout, Johnson hit 3s on consecutive possessions.

Griffin botched an early slam attempt on Johnson’s inbound ally-oop pass, but grabbed his miss between Baylor defenders and went straight back up to make the second try. On the next possession, after his shot went in despite being deflected, Griffin smiled as he turned to run back down the court.

Pattillo stole a pass and had a fastbreak layup to put Oklahoma up 13-11, and the next points were the consecutive strong baskets by Griffin.


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