Jan. 24, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Blake Griffin had 20 points and 17 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season, and No. 6 Oklahoma routed Baylor 95-76 on Saturday for the Sooners' seventh consecutive win.

Oklahoma (19-1, 5-0 Big 12) is 34-5 all-time against Baylor (15-4, 3-2) and extended its winning streak against the Bears to 29 games, going back to 1977. Baylor has never beaten Oklahoma since the Big 12 began play with the 1996-97 season.

Taylor Griffin scored 18 points and Willie Warren scored 17 on 6-of-8 shooting for the Sooners, who shot a season-high 58 percent from the field (35 of 60) and extended their home winning streak to 16 games.

Baylor is 3-34 against ranked foes during coach Scott Drew's six seasons. Curtis Jerrells led the Bears with 26 points while LaceDarius Dunn added 20.

Baylor, which had been ranked for seven straight weeks in December and January, figured to offer Oklahoma a challenge. But the Sooners, who surprisingly had been pushed by Nebraska in their previous game, led by as many as 30 points and remained atop the Big 12 standings.

Little went wrong for Oklahoma in the first half, as the Sooners raced to a 58-31 lead, posting their second-highest scoring half of the season. Oklahoma shot 67 percent from both the field and 3-point range while Baylor went 10 of 38 from the field (26.3 percent).

Blake Griffin had a double-double (14 points and 11 rebounds) by halftime.

Baylor led 9-8 after a put-back by reserve center Josh Lomers 5 minutes into the game. Warren swished a 3-pointer with 14:23 left in the half to put the Sooners ahead 11-9 and they never trailed again.

During one 7-minute stretch, Baylor had only three baskets - all 3-pointers by Dunn - while the Sooners extended their lead from five to 20 points.

Moments later, Blake Griffin collided with Jerrells while driving to the basket. Griffin, the preseason All-America pick, remained on the ground for a few moments, clutching his left ankle and the crowd quickly went silent until he stood up and limped off the court under his own power.

He returned for the final seconds of the half and played most of the second half.

Nine straight points by Jerrells - on two 3-pointers and a three-point play - cut Oklahoma's lead to 21 points midway through the second half, but Baylor came no closer than 19 the rest of the way.

Baylor, which entered the game shooting Big 12-best 49.5 percent from the field, went 28 of 81 from the field (35 percent).