Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/23/13
In a span of a week, Sam Grooms has topped his career high in scoring twice.  The senior point guard made just his second start of the season and proved worthy of it, playing an instrumental role in Oklahoma’s 90-76 victory over the Baylor Bears Saturday afternoon and the Lloyd Noble Center.  Grooms led the Sooners with 23 points, four assists, and two steals.  His sudden scoring streak couldn’t have come at a better time for the Sooners, who are missing the spark of Buddy Hield who is sidelined due to injury. Sam Grooms scores a career high 23 points in the Sooner win (Phot from Soonersports.com) Grooms wasn’t the only Sooner to light up the scoreboard, however.  Romero Osby and Steven Pledger also had big games for the crimson and cream.  Pledger poured in 19 points, 17 of which came in the first half alone, on 3-4 from long range, and also grabbed five rebounds.  Osby, the model for consistency, scored 17 points on 6-9 shooting, grabbed eight boards, while adding two steals and a block.  The trio combined to score 59 of Oklahoma’s 90 points, burning the Baylor defense. Throw in Je’lon Hornbeak, who scored 13 points, and that’s four different Sooners to score double figures. Perhaps one of the most interesting and perplexing stats from this game was the insane amount of fouls called.  Between both teams the officials called a total of 57 fouls.  Three different players fouled out and seven committed at least four fouls.  I hate to dog the refs, but it was a pretty poor display of officiating—they certainly weren’t letting the players play.  The ridiculously high amount of fouls led to 86 free throw attempts on the whole game.  That’s a lot of fouls and free throws.  The impact it had on the game was substantial.  Grooms scored over half of his points (15) at the foul line, while Oklahoma can credit 39 of its points to free throws. Coming into the game, it appeared Oklahoma was severely outmatched in the paint.  Baylor boasted two post players of incredible size and stature, in seven-footer Isaiah Austin and forward Corey Jefferson.  However, the Sooners used their quickness to their advantage and battled to outrebound the Bears by the slim margin of 38-37. The Sooners started off red hot, quickly jumping out to a double digit advantage within the first six minutes of play.  The damage was done from beyond the arc, Hornbeak was the first to strike, followed by M’Baye, and two successive Pledger treys made it a seven point lead just four minutes in.  Sam Grooms later joined the three point party, extending the lead to 11.  Overall, the Sooners nailed six of their seven three pointers for the game in the first half.  It was raining threes in Norman.  This three-point barrage led to a 47-21 Sooner lead at halftime. In the second half, the game was much slower, partly due to the large amount of fouls.  Baylor was able to chip away at the lead, getting as close as 12 with three minutes remaining.  Those final three minutes felt like two hours, but the Sooners were able to hold their ground and grind out the win at the grueling pace.  Oklahoma earned a season sweep of the Bears, as they also defeated Baylor in Waco earlier this season. Next up Oklahoma will travel to Austin on Wednesday and try to keep the trend of sweeping ongoing, as they face the Texas Longhorns.  Tip-off is set for 8 PM CST. Want more Sooner hoops?  Follow me on Twitter @ChandlerVessels

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Sam Grooms
TEAMS:
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marshawn Lynch ejected for shoving referee

WATCH: Kiké Hernandez blows Game 5 open with grand slam

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

Report: Red Sox to name Alex Cora manager after ALCS

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Sooners News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker