WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Freshman Lawrence McKenzie may have been facing Baylor for the first time, but he helped No. 25 Oklahoma record a familiar result - a victory over the Bears.
McKenzie scored eight of his 11 points during a key run early in the second half as the Sooners beat the Bears for a 19th straight meeting, 78-67 in a Big 12 Conference contest.
Jason Detrick added 15 points for Oklahoma (12-4, 2-3 Big 12), which has won back-to-back games after losing four in a row - its longest skid in five years.
Oklahoma took the lead for good, 9-6, on a 3-pointer by freshman Drew Lavender five minutes into the contest but held just a 33-26 lead before embarking on a 14-2 run early in the second half. McKenzie nailed two 3-pointers during the burst, which ended on his layup that made it 47-28 with 13 minutes remaining.
Harvey Thomas scored 19 points and Terrance Thomas added 18 for the Bears (6-12, 1-4), who have lost six of seven.
The Sooners, whose winning streak over the Bears dates to the 1977-78 campaign, made 12-of-24 shots in both halves. All seven Sooners logged at least 10 minutes and scored between eight and 15 points.
Oklahoma won for the first time in four true road games and improved to 2-0 since learning that starting forward Kevin Bookout will be lost for the season. Johnnie Gilbert made his second straight start in Bookout's place and netted eight points.
Baylor, which trailed by 31-21 at the break, shot 42 percent (22-of-53).
Oklahoma scored 21 points off 15 Baylor turnovers, while the Bears scored just nine points off 14 Sooner giveaways.