Baylor Big Men Too Much for OSU to Handle

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:10 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 22, 2011 5:36 PM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

WACO, Texas – Legendary coach John Wooden used to say he would take quickness over size any day.

But quickness can only take an undersized team so far when it has three 6-foot-10 forwards bearing down on it.

Baylor’s size and athleticism were too much for Oklahoma State in a 76-57 victory on Saturday in Waco.

The Bears’ big men were a load for the Cowboys to handle right from the start. OSU forward Darrell Williams picked up three quick fouls in the first 4:09 and sat the rest of the half.

Forward Marshall Moses, also hampered with foul trouble, played just 11 minutes in the game.

The only OSU big man to get in significant minutes was Matt Pilgrim, who played 31 minutes and scored 13 points.

Despite the foul trouble, the Cowboys were able to stick with the Bears through much of the first half, keeping the game knotted at 23 with three minutes left.

But the Bears went on a 13-3 scoring burst to hold a 10-point advantage at the break, and the second half was not much better for OSU.

Moses picked up his third foul on the first possession of the second half, and Baylor was able to exploit the lack of inside presence.

Exactly half of the Bears’ points in the game came from either free throws or dunks, and Baylor outrebounded the Cowboys 35-18.

Guard Markel Brown led the Cowboys with 16 points and forward Darrell Williams added a career-high 14.

Forward J.P. Olukemi, who had 29 points in the previous game against Iowa State, picked up four fouls in the first half against Baylor and fouled out with four points.

The Bears posted ridiculous shooting percentages in the game, shooting 60 percent from the field and 57 percent from 3-point range.

Oklahoma State will return home to host the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.