Cowboys fall in OT at Baylor

February 20, 2014

Oklahoma State suffered its seventh loss in a row in a 70-64 overtime road loss to Baylor Monday night, the third game without suspended All-American Marcus Smart.

OSU (16-10, 4-9 Big 12) lost for the sixth time in Big 12 play despite having a lead in the final five minutes. Fatigue seems to play a factor with the short-handed but talented Cowboys.

The good news is that Smart returns Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in a home game against Texas Tech and OSU could make a late run over some highly ranked teams in the conference.

“We played hard,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We had some guys in foul trouble that hurt us a little bit in the first half. The guys battled and showed a lot of heart. We had a lot of guys play who really helped us keep it close. It is just tough to win when you give up 22 offensive rebounds and they only had two scoring threats.”

Markel Brown led OSU with 26 points and Phil Forte added 20. Baylor has won in each of OSU’s last eight trips to Waco, and the Bears are 16-15 all-time against OSU at home.

Ford is trying to keep his players encouraged despite the losing streak.

“Keep your head up,” Ford said was his message to his team. “Get ready for Saturday. Keep your head up. We fought hard and the effort was there. We were prepared in one day. They did a great job preparing for that zone. We really worked on some things to make adjustments from the first game and it all worked. I think if you go back and look at the tape I bet we held them to an extremely low percentage on first shots. We did everything adjustments wise we wanted to do other than we did not rebound the ball and that is the difference in the game.”