Cowboys come up short in Waco against Baylor
Oklahoma State got in a hole late against Baylor and lost 64-54 in Waco Monday night.
Le’Bryan Nash led the Cowboys (12-5, 2-3) with 24 points. OSU led at halftime, 28-27.
“I thought they just had too big of numbers, on both ends of the court,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “They came out with big rebounds and at no point did we hit our roll offensively to give us momentum, to give us that kick. We fought in that first half to take the lead. But we did a lot of good things, we just didn’t finish. We didn’t finish on the rim, we didn’t finish on some key rebounds. We didn’t rebound the ball numbers-wise. There were some key rebounds we didn’t come up with, and then we didn’t finish on the other end, around the basket. We did a lot of things we wanted to do, we just didn’t finish.”
“My teammates gave me the ball in good situations and I made some of those shots,” Nash said. “There were some shots out there that I thought I could have made more, but my teammates gave me the ball and put me in those good situations.”
Pierre Jackson, the top scorer in the Big 12, paced Baylor (13-5, 4-1) with 18 points.
“I thought it was a typical Big Monday game, you had teams really getting after it defensively,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “To hold Oklahoma State to 35 percent field goal shooting, I thought was a great effort on our part because they’re a talented and explosive team. I thought the interior defense – Corey (Jefferson) and Isaiah (Austin) tying a (Big 12) school record with 11 blocks – was really critical and crucial to the success because it allowed us to get some transition buckets.”
The win put Baylor in a tie with Oklahoma for third place in the Big 12 and dropped the Cowboys to sixth place.
“I think the Big 12 is as good as any league in the country, I really do, through and through from top to bottom,” said Ford. “When you have to go on the road, I don’t think there are many leagues in the country that are as tough to win on the road as it is here, in the Big 12. I’ve been with some of those other leagues, played in different things, but there is a lot of talent in the Big 12. Tonight you saw two great basketball teams, I thought one of them played really well, Baylor played really well, did some good things.
“We did some good things, we just didn’t reward ourselves.”
OSU hosts West Virginia at noon Saturday.