OSU Hands Bubble-Team Baylor 11-Point Loss
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:14 pm
By: News On 6
Originally Published: Mar 1, 2011 10:4 PM CDTOklahoma Sports Staff and Wire Reports
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- The Oklahoma State Cowboys beat Baylor by 11 points in Gallagher-Iba Arena to put a dent in the Bears’ run at the NCAA Tournament.
Marshall Moses had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Markel Brown added 10 points and a career-high five blocks in the 71-60 win on Tuesday night.
The Cowboys (18-11, 6-9 Big 12) charged ahead in the second half, then held off a late run by Baylor to send Moses, Matt Pilgrim and Nick Sidorakis out as winners in their final regular-season game at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Quincy Acy led the Bears (18-11, 7-8) with 13 points and nine rebounds. Big 12 scoring leader LaceDarius Dunn was held to a season-low seven points on 2-for-16 shooting and missed out on a chance to claim the conference's career-scoring record.
Brown blocked three of Dunn's shots in the second half, including one that would have put the Bears ahead in the final 8 minutes.
Baylor cut a nine-point deficit down to 49-48 following back-to-back 3-pointers by Anthony Jones before Brown swatted Dunn's potential go-ahead shot.
Jean-Paul Olukemi hit two free throws at the other end for Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys reeled off nine straight points soon after to push their advantage to 63-52 after two more Olukemi foul shots with 3:04 remaining.
Dunn needed only 12 points to pass the Big 12 career scoring record held by Texas Tech's Andre Emmett. His streak of 32 straight games with at least 10 points was snapped, and he has made only 11-of-46 shots over the past three games.
A.J. Walton scored 12 points and Perry Jones III added 10 for Baylor, which hosts No. 7 Texas on Saturday night and needs every win it can get now to impress the NCAA tournament committee.
Keiton Page and Olukemi had 13 points apiece, and Pilgrim also scored 10 for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State scored the first seven points of the game before allowing Baylor to roar back with a 19-6 run capped by Acy's two-handed, alley-oop jam and Walton's fast break layup.
The Cowboys put together another stretch of seven points in a row to take a short-lived lead before trailing 30-27 at halftime.
They got off to another hot start in the second half.
Page hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Olukemi also connected on a 3 during a 20-8 run that put the Cowboys ahead to stay.
Baylor scored the next seven points to get within 47-45 on Anthony Jones' 3-pointer from the left wing, and the lead was down to one when Jones answered Pilgrim's two free throws by connecting again from the left corner on the Bears' next possession.
Then Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, closed the door on Dunn and Baylor's hopes for a comeback.
OSU now prepares for Bedlam, which is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.