Butler scores 22, helps No. 1 Baylor beat Oklahoma 65-54

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Jared Butler scored 22 points and No. 1 Baylor beat Oklahoma 65-54 on Tuesday night for its Big 12-record 23rd consecutive win.

The Bears broke a tie with Kansas, which won 22 straight during the 1996-97 season.

Mark Vital had 10 points and Freddie Gillespie grabbed 10 rebounds for Baylor (24-1, 13-0 Big 12). Bears guard MaCio Teague, the team’s leading scorer in Big 12 play, sat out for the second straight game with a wrist injury.

Kristian Doolittle had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (16-10, 6-7), which hosted a No. 1 team for the first time in 23 years. The Sooners entered 11-1 at home.

Oklahoma opened with a 10-5 lead, but Baylor’s tough defense smothered the Sooners for most of the first half. The Bears took a 28-19 lead before Brady Manek connected on a 3-pointer and an alley-oop dunk to trim the deficit to four. Baylor led 30-24 at halftime.

Oklahoma trailed 39-38 and could have taken the lead, but Doolittle missed a 3-pointer that was a bit rushed. Baylor responded by scoring six straight to go up 45-38. A deep 3 by Butler put the Bears ahead 55-44 with about six minutes remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears were again unspectacular, but effective. They made just enough shots, won the rebounding battle and committed only eight turnovers.

Oklahoma: The Sooners have lost back-to-back games, to current No. 3 Kansas and No. 1 Baylor. Overall, though, Oklahoma has been strong lately.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bears put themselves in position to properly defend their No. 1 ranking Saturday against No. 3 Kansas. Oklahoma might have garnered some attention from voters with a win.

UP NEXT

Baylor hosts Kansas on Saturday.

Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Baylor guard Jared Butler (12) drives around Oklahoma guard Alondes Williams (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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