Bears Rally Falls Short In Stillwater As OSU Tops BU 93-83

by dentonramsey

Bears Rally Falls Short In Stillwater As OSU Tops BU 93-83

By Denton Ramsey, NCAA Basketball Sportswriter

 

Despite a hot second half rally, where the Bears twice pulled within nine points, Baylor (17-6 overall, 5-4 Big 12) dropped a 93-83 decision to Oklahoma State (12-12, 3-7) on Wednesday evening, Feb. 13 in Stillwater.

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew’s Bears, currently leading the Big 12 in team free throw percentage, continued that trend in their loss to the Cowboys – shooting 88.9 percent from the charity stripe (16-for-18).

However, that wasn’t enough to pick up a much-needed road W.

“For the first time this season, we didn’t come out and compete,” Drew said. “We’ve got to get back to doing what made us successful.”

Including improving on team defense – something the Bears excelled in to begin conference play.

“This time of year, you need to be streaking, not sliding,” Drew said. “You can’t play 34 seconds of defense and foul at the end of it.”

LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears in scoring with 26 points, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists.

“LaceDarius [Dunn] had tooth issues coming down, so we’re glad to see that [type of play] out of him,” Drew said. “But four turnovers – offense was good, but we’ve got to take care of the ball.”

Drew’s Bears had 15 turnovers on the night, nine early on, as BU dropped their second straight loss after falling to Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Also scoring in double figures for Baylor was Tweety Carter with 18 points, Curtis Jerrells with 13 points and Henry Dugat with 10 points. Kevin Rogers had a monster game on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds on the night to go along with six points.

The Cowboys’ Byron Eaton led the home team in scoring with 25 points, going 14-for-16 from the free throw line en route to a big Big 12 victory for OSU over Baylor.

For the Bears, the loss puts the team’s backs against the wall as they move forward in the highly competitive Big 12 Conference.

Baylor aims to right the ship on Saturday afternoon at home, as the Bears host No. 11 Texas at the Ferrell Center. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT and the game will air live on ESPN.

Saturday’s UT-BU showdown is sold out to the public, as students aim to camp out in tents prior to this weekend’s match-up – a game Drew calls a must-win and one that will truly shape the rest of their season.

“Fans, we need your help,” Drew said. “We’ll bring our A-game and you guys bring you’re A-game. Let’s break out of this slump on Saturday.”

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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