After a humbling trip to Kansas ended with a 28 point loss, the Bears badly needed to secure a win before their trip to another very hostile environment this weekend against Iowa State. A slow start is what hurt the Bears against Kansas, trailling 24-4 within the first 10 minutes of action. Against Oklahoma State, Baylor came out with the energy needed on both sides of the ball.
A 34-15 run over a 12-minute span in the first half, the Bears built an 18 point lead that they would never relinquish. Led by Al Freeman's 21 points and Rico Gathers 17 points and 17 rebounds, the Bears survived a big 2nd half rally to cut the lead to 3 before another big run closed it out.
With just under 11 minutes to go, backup center Chris Oliver banked in a layup over Rico Gathers to cut the lead to 3 points, 59-56. The next 7-minutes would be all Baylor, as they would score the next 17 points. It started with a TJ Maston layup off of an offensive rebound by Taurean Prince. Al Freeman would then go to the foul line for two shots and then make a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 12. Maston would make another jumper before two Taurean Prince layups with a Rico Gathers offensive rebound and layup capping the scoring.
When Baylor was aggressive and attacked the rim, good things happened. They outscored Oklahoma State 44-32 in the paint, scored 18 second chance points. Taurean Prince came out early in the game and attacked the paint, missing early shots, but displaying the aggressiveness that he displays when playing his best basketball. Al Freeman scored 14 of his points before halftime to help secure the big lead.
Oklahoma State was led by 15 points from Jeffrey Carroll and 10 points from Jeff Newberry.
Player of the Game
Rico Gathers - 17 points, 17 rebounds
Rico nearly outrebounded the Cowboys by himself, as Oklahoma State only secured 18 rebounds on the night. Gathers was just dominating inside, corraling 12 offensive rebounds himself, and breaking the 1,000 career rebound mark. He is the first Baylor Bear in program history to record 1,000 or more rebounds, and the 8th in Big 12 history.
Notes from the Game
- Baylor has 24 straight home games against unranked opponents.
- Baylor has won 13 consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, tied for the second-longest streak in arena history (school record is 15).
- Baylor has held opponents under 75 points in 40 consecutive home games.
- After falling behind 5-2 in the first 1:34, Baylor went on a 19-5 run over the next 5:53 of game time to take a 21-10 lead.
- After Oklahoma State closed the deficit to three points (59-56) with 10:35 remaining in the second half, Baylor went on a 17-0 run to take a 76-56 lead.
- Baylor held Oklahoma State scoreless for 7:32 of that run.
- Baylor held a 44-18 rebounding advantage over Oklahoma State. It has done so in 10 game in this season and is 10-0 in those contests.
- Gathers notched his 1,000 rebound with 7:50 left in the second half. He finished the game with 1,005 for his career bettering his own school record in the category. He is the 8th-player in Big 12 history to accomplish the feat.
- Gathers (team-high 17 rebounds) recorded 31st career double-double (school record is 34).
- Sophomore Al Freeman(21 Points) produced a double-figure scoring output for the 10th time this season and the 17th time in his career.