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No. 13 Oklahoma drops Baylor hoopsters

Feb. 20, 2001

Black scores 25, named Player of the Week

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports writer

After shooting better than 47 percent in its last four games, the Baylor men's basketball team came down to Earth Saturday, shooting just 35 percent in an 82-60 loss to the No. 13-ranked University of Oklahoma in Norman. The 22-point difference marked Baylor's worst defeat of the year.

Baylor fell to 16-7 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 Conference play, while the Sooners took over second-place in the league and now stand at 20-5 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

'Oklahoma was a better basketball team than we were that night,' Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss said. 'They would have beaten most teams in the country that night. We just ran into a buzz saw.'

Baylor's three-point shooting also never materialized, as the Bears made just 4 for 17 attempts. The same, however, could not be said of Oklahoma in general and guard J.R. Raymond. The junior knocked down 7 for 9 treys to lead OU with 24 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed six boards. The Sooners were 14-24 (58.3 percent) on threes in the game.

'We defended well but Raymond was just feeling it -- as they all were,' Bliss said.

Baylor forward Terry Black led the Bears with 25 points and seven rebounds, despite missing seven minutes in the first half with a cut over his left eye. Coupled with his 20-point, six-rebound performance in the upset win over the then-No. 5-ranked University of Kansas, Black was named Big 12 Player of the Week.

'He's my choice every week,' Bliss said.

Guard DeMarcus Minor was the only other Baylor scorer in double-figures with 11 points.

'We didn't knock down open shots,' Black said. 'It was nothing they did to take us out of our offense.'

The Bears led only twice in the contest, the last time on a jumper by Minor 90 seconds into the game.

Baylor plays again Wednesday against the University of Texas at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Special Events Center.