It started after the Bears decided to pay attention to the details on defense. That was the mindset the #22 Baylor Bears had coming out of the locker room in the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Trailing by 1 point at the start of the second half, the Baylor Bears slowly pulled away from its opponent in the latter half. Defensive intensity and a good team chemistry led the way. Junior Ekpe Udoh, who scored 13 points and hauled in 11 rebounds, led all players with 3 blocks on the night.
"[Defense] was the biggest key of the game. We know how they like to run, and they can get in the game by hitting 3's. We came into halftime, made some adjustments, and I think we did a great job," said the Bears' starting forward.
The Cowboys, led by the Big 12's leading scorer, guard James Anderson, and Obi Muonelo, who scored 21 points, took a 1 point lead at the break. However, the Bears' stingy defense forced the Cowboys to only 2-13 from beyond the arc in the 2nd half, forcing Oklahoma State to play catch-up late in the game.
"Give Baylor a lot of credit, they get great production pretty much out of every player that played," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford.
"We have got to get more consistent throughout the game. Playing well is just not scoring points. Playing well is scoring points, and making a defensive play and rebounding," Ford said.
The Bears got a strong effort from sophomore Anthony Jones. Jones scored a career high 16 points, making the most of his free throw opportunities making all 7 attempts from the charity stripe. Baylor senior guard Tweety Carter played 39 minutes scoring 9 points, adding 8 assists, and turning the ball over only 1 time.
"[Tweety] does a good job facilitating with 8 assists and 1 turnover," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew of Tweety Carter. "He's been a great floor general this year."
The Bears were led by junior guard Lacedarius Dunn who scored 25 points on the night, and hauling in 9 rebounds. Dunn went 4-9 from the 3-point line, and was 9-17 overall from the floor.
"From the start, we always say every game counts. Coming in here, having home-court advantage was the most important thing with our fans coming out and giving us a great lift. We knew we had to come out and get this victory. So we just came out and executed well.
With the victory, the Baylor Bears extend their home-court winning streak to 10 games, the longest of the Scott Drew era. The Bears have now won 20 of its last 24 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
Baylor heads to Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday for their next matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks.
Baylor Shoots Down Cowboys, 83-70
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