OU's 3-point rain overflows Baylor, 82-60

Sunday, February 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. – Three days after setting a season low for 3-point shooting, Oklahoma established a season high Saturday against Baylor.

The No. 13-ranked Sooners, led by J.R. Raymond's sharp shooting, drained 14 of 24 3-point shots and routed the Bears, 82-60. Raymond, whose previous high was six 3-point goals, knocked down seven of nine attempts and scored 24 points. The junior point guard also had six rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers.

"Most of the time, we got a hand in his face," Baylor guard DeMarcus Minor said. "All you can do when he does that is pat him on the back and say, 'Good shot.' "

Added OU coach Kelvin Sampson, "When you talk about all-conference players, J.R. better be included. He's one of the best players in the league."

The victory vaulted OU (20-5, 9-4) into second place in the Big 12 Conference behind Iowa State (22-3, 10-2), while Baylor fell to 16-7, 5-7. The Sooners' 20-victory season is their fifth in seven years under Sampson.

Oklahoma, winning its 14th in a row over the Bears, sank 30 of 55 shots overall for 54.5 percent.

"Our kids were ready to go," Sampson said. "Nothing they did today shocked me."

Oklahoma's biggest lead was 80-46 after its last field goal, a steal and jam by Jameel Heywood with 7:29 to play.

Aaron McGhee scored 16 points and Hollis Price added 10 for the Sooners.

Meanwhile, Terry Black, who missed about seven minutes of the first half after falling heavily, led Baylor with 25 points. Black went to the dressing room after a failed alley-oop jam. He returned, but needed five stitches to close the cut over his left eye.

Both Oklahoma and Baylor had turn-around performances from their last outings. The Sooners reversed 2-for-13 3-point shooting in their 72-44 loss at Oklahoma State, while the Bears were unable to duplicate their eye-popping 85-77 winning performance against Kansas.

"A lot of things that went well for us in the game Monday went against us today," Baylor coach Dave Bliss said. "There's no doubt we ran into a real good basketball team today. They shot the ball exceptionally well."

The Bears hit only 35 percent of their shots (21 of 60) and only four of 17 3-point tries.

Oklahoma sealed the verdict early, knocking down seven of 11 3-pointers in the first half for a 43-24 halftime advantage.