OKLAHOMA 92, BAYLOR 91: Bears drops awfully officiated game to Sooners, fall by one in OT

by dentonramsey

OKLAHOMA 92, BAYLOR 91: Bears drops awfully officiated game to Sooners, fall by one in OT

By Denton Ramsey, NCAA Basketball Sportswriter/Big 12 Fans Baylor Correspondent

 

WACO, Texas – The Baylor Bears couldn’t find a way to outmuscle the awful calls and unsportsmanlike play of the Oklahoma Sooners, eventually falling in overtime at the Lloyd Noble Center, 92-91.

Leave no doubt – the Bears were robbed of a road win in this one.

After battling back from awful calls by the officials, unsportsmanlike play by OU and a 10-point halftime deficit, the Bears were ultimately robbed by the trio of men in stripes when it mattered most – in overtime with Baylor up big.

Yet somehow, Oklahoma walked off the court on Tuesday night with a W.

Albeit cheating, the Sooners came out on top in a one-point heartbreaking, irritating, nerve racking, throw everything-but-the-dog-at-the-TV evening.

It’s unreal, but Oklahoma is now tied for fourth place in the Big 12 while Baylor drops to one game under .500 at 5-6 in conference play.

Cheating might not be the best word to describe the night.

Unsportsmanlike works better.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma Head Coach Jeff Capel applauds unsportsmanlike play – and it shows with his players attitudes on the court.

First, there was the off-the-backboard slam dunk on a breakaway steal.

Then, there was the “skirmish” where OU’s star forward put Mark Shepherd in a full-nelson choke hold before Shepherd reacted by throwing an elbow in the direction of Blake Griffin – only to result in two BU players being ejected and just one Sooner, an assistant coach, being tossed from the game.

And last but not least, there was Capel – urging his home crowd to stand and continue applauding after an opposing player’s miss at the free throw line with one more still to come, something I had never seen happen in NCAA basketball until tonight in Norman.

Unsportsmanlike is the perfect word to describe why and how OU defeated BU, but unfortunately all that really matters is a team’s record.

The Bears can still climb back out of the mini-hole the officials dug for them; it’s just going to take a lot of heart to rise out from the ashes after this evening’s terribly-called game.

As far as final stats are concerned, Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin led the Sooners with 29 points and 15 rebounds while Baylor was led by Curtis Jerrells, who racked up 29 points, four assists and two steals.

As a team, Baylor shot 50.8 percent from the field (32-of-63) and hit 17-of-23 from the free throw line (73.9 percent); Oklahoma, meanwhile, shot 47.4 percent from the field (27-of-57) and drained 28-of-37 from the charity stripe (75.7 percent).

The Bears were also whistled for 33 fouls on the night and had 16 turnovers, compared to the Sooners’ 23 fouls called against them and 14 turnovers.

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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