Offense stalls; No. 20 Baylor loses 64-53 at Oklahoma State

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STILLWATER, Oklahoma — Baylor had no answers against Oklahoma State.

The 20th-ranked Bears shot just 34.5 percent from the field and posted a season-low point total in a 64-53 loss to the Cowboys on Tuesday night.

"I really thought Oklahoma State played a very good game," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "They didn't give us anything easy in transition and the half-court, and they did a really good job executing on their offense."

Lester Medford scored 13 points, Taurean Prince scored 12 on 5-for-14 shooting and Rico Gathers had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (15-5, 3-4 Big 12), which had won four of five.

Baylor, which often has a significant rebounding advantage, had just a 35-34 edge against the Cowboys. The Bears had just 13 offensive boards and eight second-chance points.

"Normally, where we make up some ground is on the second-chance points, and we weren't able to do that either, tonight," Drew said. "I thought we struggled."

Oklahoma State got a balanced effort. Phil Forte scored 16 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 13. Michael Cobbins had six points, a season-high 11 rebounds and matched a career high with five blocks. Anthony Hickey had eight points and a career-high 10 assists and freshman Tavarius Shine added a season-high 11 points for the Cowboys (14-6, 4-4 Big 12). Baylor went on an 11-0 run early to go up 13-6. Oklahoma State rallied, as threes by Forte and Hickey highlighted a 9-0 run that put the Cowboys up 23-17 and forced a Baylor timeout. The Bears went more than four minutes without scoring.

The Cowboys held Baylor to 32 percent shooting in the first half and led 30-21 at the break.

Jeff Newberry's pump fake, drive and two-handed jam put the Cowboys up 32-25 early in the second half. Another three by Forte pushed Oklahoma State's lead to 10.

Baylor hung around, but Oklahoma State hung on. Hickey penetrated and found an open Forte for 3 with four minutes remaining to stretch the Cowboys' lead to 10.

Kenny Chery, the team's No. 2 scorer for the season, had six points on 3-for-13 shooting. Royce O'Neale, the team's No. 4 scorer, went scoreless and missed all four of his shots from the field.

"Royce and Kenny weren't pleased with how they shot it, and it's tough to win on the road with those two guys shooting (like that)," Drew said.

TIP-INS

Baylor: Gathers had 25 points and 28 rebounds against Huston-Tillotson on Jan. 21. ... Baylor made just 3 of 6 free throws and had three assists in the first half. The Bears finished with 13 turnovers and eight assists.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys went 5-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half. ... Forte increased his career scoring total to 1,136 points. He passed both Mario Boggan and Chianti Roberts on the Oklahoma State career scoring list and now ranks 30th.

UP NEXT

Baylor: Hosts Texas on Saturday.

Oklahoma State: Hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.


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