Bears try to take winning feeling on the Road

As the Bears take the court one last time in the regular season, they hope to be able to prove one thing, and that is that they can pull off a road victory. Although Oklahoma State is only 5-10 in conference, it will certainly be tough for Baylor to get the win in Stillwater at 6:00 CST at Gallagher-Iba.

Oklahoma State is coming off of a hard-hitting 67-66 loss on the road at Oklahoma. Leading scorer and rebounder Mario Boggan had 21 points and 5 rebounds, but fouled out with over 5 minutes to go, and Oklahoma was able to secure the win with less than a second left at the free throw line.

In their last two home games, the Cowboys have been impressive knocking off Texas by over 20 points and Texas Tech by 11. That 11 point margin is the same margin Baylor defeated Tech by on Wednesday. Oklahoma State did not play on Wednesday, and so has had the full week to game plan for the Bears.

Baylor is on a two game winning streak coming into this game, but both were at home in the Ferrell Center. Baylor is still winless on the road this year and has only played one of those games closer than a double digit margin.

Nonetheless, there's reason for hope on the road today as sophomore guard Aaron Bruce appears to be getting back to form. In their win over Iowa State, Bruce had perhaps his best game of the season with 16 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. That best game lasted all of a few days until he took the court against Texas Tech and blasted them for 28 points on 6 of 7 from 3 point land to go along with 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

Curtis Jerrells, who has led the team in scoring most of the season, now trails Bruce in that department by just a hair after having a tough 2 for 9 shooting night against Tech. Jerrells was accompanied by fellow freshman Henry Dugat earlier in the season, but Dugat has been out for medical reasons the last two games and could be out again.

When these two teams last met, it was just Baylor's second game of the season. Torre Johnson torched Baylor for 26 points, a season high. Baylor meanwhile turned it over 23 times and shot only 33% from the floor.

The problem for the Bears on the road this year has been very simple, they cannot score consistently. Shooting over 43% from the field at home, the Bears are averaging a paltry 35% on the road. Perhaps the recent victories will help Baylor with confidence going into Gallagher-Iba, but it will be a struggle to pull of the win.


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