via The Sports Xchange
NORMAN, Okla. — Johnathan Motley helped keep Baylor perfect Friday night, scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to lead No. 4 Baylor to a 76-50 win over Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The Bears (13-0, 1-0 Big 12) had no problem extending their season-opening winning streak.
Oklahoma (6-6, 0-1) dropped its fourth consecutive game, its longest losing streak since dropping six consecutive games in the 2011-12 season.
Motley continued to showcase his offensive improvement from a year ago, scoring in multiple ways early as Baylor quickly built a double-digit lead in the game’s first eight minutes.
Manu Lecomte was 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point line and finished with 14 points, and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. added 12 for Baylor.
Christian James led the Sooners with 11.
Oklahoma was without senior guard and leading scorer Jordan Woodard for the second consecutive game. Woodard missed the Dec. 21 game against Auburn with a high-leg injury but had returned to practice. Woodard was not on the bench Friday and school officials said he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed medical issue.
Baylor’s zone defense gives a lot of teams in the Big 12 problems, but without Woodard, Oklahoma’s offensive struggles were amplified.
The Sooners were just 7 of 27 from the floor in the first half, hitting just 3 of 12 from behind the 3-point line.
The Bears had no such shooting woes, hitting three 3-pointers in the first four minutes and steadily increasing their lead through the first half.
Baylor led 36-17 at the break.
Oklahoma’s 17 first-half points were its lowest of the season in a half. It was the second game this season Baylor held an opponent to 17 points in a half. The Bears also did it Nov. 30 in a 79-45 win over Sam Houston State.