The Baylor Bears needed an extra period to do it, but Scott Drew's squad came back from a 17 point first half deficit to defeat the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 98-92.
Baylor senior guard Curtis Jerrells showed today why he is one of the finest guards in the country. Jerrells led all scorers with 31 points. Jerrells, who also recorded 10 assists on the day, took control of the game in the waning moments of the second half scoring 26 points in the 2nd half and overtime.
Freshman forward Quincy Acy also recorded a double double, scoring 17 points while hauling in 12 rebounds. Acy started the game to record his first career start of his collegiate career.
The Bears, down 17 points in the first half, cut the OSU lead to 7 as the teams went in for halftime. Baylor then caught fire from the field, sparked by 13 points from sophomore guard LaceDarius Dunn. The Bears built a 10 point lead before OSU forward James Anderson led the Cowboy surge late in the second half. The Cowboys cut the lead to 1 point, and then alter took the lead on a Keiton Page 3-pointer.
Each team led down the stretch in regulation, with the Bears holding a 2 point lead in the final 20 seconds. OSU freshman Page hit a step back 3 pointer with under 10 seconds remaining to give the Cowboys a 1 point lead. Baylor's Curtis Jerrells got the inbound, sprinted down the court and had the ball knocked loose with 45 seconds remaining. On the ensuing in-bounds play, Jerrells got the ball on the top of the key, drove the lane, and was fouled by Cowboys' forward James Anderson. Jerrells hit one of the two free throw to send the game into overtime.
Baylor dominated the overtime period. Baylor junior guard Tweety Carter scored 8 points including 2 big 3 point buckets at the beginning of the extra session. The Bears were able to take advantage of the Cowboys' foul trouble. Both guards Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris fouled out of the game, while Baylor guard Henry Dugat also fouled out of the contest.
The Bears outscored the Cowboys 16-10 in the overtime period, as well as 48-41 in the 2nd half of regulation. For the game the Bears shot 49.2% from the field, 44.4 % from beyond the arc, and just 61.5% from the charity stripe.
The Baylor Bears now move to 2-1 in conference play. Baylor next heads to Kansas State for a mid-week match-up with the Wildcats.
Bears Beat Cowboys In OT; 98-92
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