Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Butler leads No. 1 Baylor to record 23rd straight win

Field Level Media
19 Feb 2020, 17:25 GMT+10

Jared Butler scored 22 points to lead No. 1 Baylor to a 65-54 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night in Norman, Okla., as the Bears secured a place in the Big 12 history book.

Baylor's 23rd consecutive win broke the record for longest winning streak by a Big 12 team, set by Kansas in 1996-97.

The Bears (24-1, 13-0 Big 12) dropped their second game of the season to Washington before starting the current streak.

The win sets up a Saturday showdown at home against No. 3 Kansas and maintains the Bears' one-game lead over the Jayhawks atop the conference.

Butler came up big during a 13-2 run midway through the second half that gave Baylor control of the game for good at 52-40 with 8:21 to play.

The Bears led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the Sooners fought back, getting nine consecutive points just before half to eventually trail 30-24 at the break.

The Sooners cut the deficit to one with just under 13 minutes remaining, then got the ball back with a chance to take the lead. However, Kristian Doolittle's 3-point attempt rolled around the rim before bouncing free, and Baylor settled in for the Butler-led run.

During the surge, Butler had five points, two assists, a steal and a rebound.

The Bears did it without MaCio Teague, their second-leading scorer. Teague missed his second consecutive game with an injury to his right wrist.

Butler hit five 3-pointers while Mark Vital added 10 points for Baylor, going 5 of 7 from the floor. Freddie Gillespie led the Bears with 10 rebounds.

The loss was the second consecutive and third in five games for the Sooners (16-10, 6-7).

Doolittle led Oklahoma with 18 points but was just 5 of 14 from the floor. He also had 10 rebounds.

The Sooners' three leading scorers going into the night -- Brady Manek, Doolittle and Austin Reaves -- finished a combined 10 of 30 from the floor and 2 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc.

--Field Level Media

Sign up for Kansas City News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!