Baylor (13-5, 4-1): 64
Oklahoma State (12-5, 2-3): 54
IN A NUTSHELL:
The Cowboys sputtered from the start, getting down by as many as 10 points. Markel Brown went scoreless in the first half (0-5 FG, 0-3 3PT, 0-2 FT), Phillip Jurick and Michael Cobbins both picked up early fouls and it seemed as if Marcus Smart would have to win the game himself. But the Cowboys began to surge late. Le'Bryan Nash picked up the scoring load, cashing in 14 points. Smart's line was ridiculous at the break, as usual (6 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists). The Cowboys led at the half, 28-27.
Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson went nuts to start the second half. Back-to-back three's sparked his 18 points to finish the game. The Bears went back up by double-digits early. Nash continued to lead the Pokes in scoring (24 points, 2 steals) and Smart did all the little things right (12 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals). OSU cut the deficit to 8 with four minutes remaining, but a late Jackson 3-pointer put the Bears up 11. The Cowboys couldn't recover. The Bears' finesse inside, and complete shutdown of Brown (1-10 FG, 2 points) and Phil Forte (0-6 3PT, 4 points) was the difference. Baylor wins 64-54.
BY THE NUMBERS:
11: Blocked shots by Baylor.
34.9%: Cowboys' FG shooting percentage, a season low.
12.5%: Cowboys' 3PT shooting percentage, a season low.
1: Cowboys' road wins under Travis Ford since 2009.
10: Made FGs by Le'Bryan Nash, a game high.
OSU MVP: G Marcus Smart
Smart continues to show the country, and NBA scouts, that he's one of the nation's best freshmen. He was three assists from completing the triple double.
BU MVP: G Pierre Jackson
Jackson was the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year. He looked the part in Waco this afternoon with 18 points and three assists. The big difference between Jackson and Smart? Jackson got way more help from his supporting cast.
Head coach Travis Ford: "We put ourselves in great position. We did everything we wanted to do offensively, execution wise. We got the ball where we wanted it. We got the shots we wanted. We just didn't put it in or it got blocked."
Marcus Smart: "We fumbled passes and missed layups that we usually complete. We didn't capitalize on that, and that was a big key factor. When it came down the stretch, they made the plays and we didn't."
UP NEXT: West Virginia
The Cowboys host the Mountaineers (8-9, 1-3) at Noon Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena / TV: ESPNU / RADIO: KSPI 93.7 FM