OSU Suffers Worst Loss Ever To Baylor

Travis Ford knew that his team needed a big performance out of Marshall Moses and his team had to rebound well if Oklahoma State was going to have a chance against Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas. Moses scored just one point and Oklahoma State was outrebounded by 21 as the Cowboys suffered a 76-57 loss loss to the Bears, the worst loss by OSU in the history of the 66-game series.

The 19-point loss is the worst since Baylor defeated Oklahoma A&M 29-11 on Feb. 15, 1922.

The Cowboys are now 14-5 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play – with all three conference losses coming on the road – and it doesn't get any easier for Ford's team. OSU plays host to No. 11 Texas on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Longhorns rallied for a 74-63 victory over second-ranked Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Moses entered Saturday's game averaging a team-best 16.5 points but only played 11 minutes against the Bears because of foul trouble. It was his lowest scoring output of the season (his previous low was seven points vs. Murray State), and the fewest points he has scored since last season when he went scoreless against Oklahoma on Feb. 13, 2010.

But the 6-6 senior wasn't the only Cowboy who struggled to stay on the floor because of fouls. OSU was whistled for 29 fouls in the game, and J.P. Olukemi (4), Darrell Williams (3) and Roger Franklin (3) were in foul trouble before halftime. Olukemi was the only Cowboy to eventually foul out but the team's post players struggled against the taller Baylor frontline – 6-11 Perry Jones, 6-10 Anthony Jones, and 6-11 J'Mison Morgan.

All those fouls led to the Bears going to the free-throw line 36 times (and they made 24), while the Cowboys were 13-of-21 from the charity stripe.

The Bears entered Saturday's game as one of the Big 12's best three-point shooting teams but head coach Scott Drew's team took just seven shots from behind the arc, and only one in the second half. But they didn't need to throw up three-pointers as Jones (24 points and 8 rebounds), Jones (13 points and 7 rebounds) and 6-7 Quincy Acy (14 points) dominated for the Bears.

Baylor outrebounded Oklahoma State 40-19, and the Bears shot 60 percent for the game and made 13 of their 17 shots (76 percent) in the second half.

The Cowboys trailed 36-27 at halftime after the Bears went on a 14-3 run over the final three minutes of the first half, and Ford's team got no closer than eight points in the second half.

"We gave up way to many layups to Baylor. They had 17 layups on the night, so that's 34 points at least, and you can probably count a couple of and-ones (on fouls), so they probably had 38 or 39 points from one foot from the basket," said Ford.

"You're not going to win very many games anywhere if you continue to do that. And then we gave them so many points on the free-throw line. And then we're not making any shots. If you're going to do all of that you'd better go to the other end and put the ball in the hole.

"Players have got to put the ball in the hole. That's what players do. Their players put it in the hole, and we just didn't put it in the hole tonight. We fouled, gave up too many layups and got outrebounded by 21, that's a lot of losing combinations right there," Ford added.

A bright spot, if there is one, for Ford is Markel Brown continues to improve. The freshman from Alexandria, La., made the first start of his college career and scored a career-high 16 points.

Also, Darrell Williams scored the Cowboys' first six points of the game but picked up his third foul just 3:34 into the game and spent the rest of the first half on the bench. But the Midland (Texas) College transfer finished with 14 points, a career best for him.

The only other Cowboy to score in double figures was Matt Pilgrim, who scored a season-high 13 points.

OSU's three leading scorers – Moses (16.5), Keiton Page (14.2) and Jean-Paul Olukemi (11.9) – were a combined 3-of-16 shooting and finished with just 12 points.


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