Cowboys To Dunn: Not In Our House

LaceDarius Dunn of Baylor will eventually become the Big 12's career scoring leader. Just not on Oklahoma State's Senior Night. OSU played its best defensive game of the season in holding Dunn to his lowest scoring output in 53 games as the Cowboys defeated Baylor 71-60 in the final home games at Gallagher-Iba Arena for seniors Marshall Moses, Matt Pilgrim, Nick Sidorakis and Songo Adoki.

Dunn needed just 12 points to become the Big 12's all-time scoring leader but Sidorakis, Jean-Paul Olukemi and Markel Brown took turns guarding the high-scoring Bear guard, who was just 2-of-16 shooting and finished with only seven points in the nationally televised game (ESPN2). The seven points is the fewest that Dunn had scored since tallying three against Jackson State on Dec. 15, 2009.

"Coach (Travis) Ford mentioned (Dunn going for the record), but that wasn't going to be our main focus," said Moses, who had a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) in what may have been his final game at Gallagher-Iba Arena, "but Coach Ford did mention that he needed to get his record tonight on us.

"I remember Markel saying, ‘We're going to make sure we try to stop him from getting it.' It wasn't a big emphasis but as you can see I think some of our guys took it personal when they found out he needed (12 points) tonight to be his record night."

Dunn and freshman Perry Jones combined for 40 points in Baylor's 76-57 victory over the Cowboys in Waco on Jan. 22. But those two finished with just 17 points while making just 4 of 24 shots on Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

"I thought Oklahoma State played how you are supposed to play on Senior Night. Very physical. Very tough," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "You have got to credit them on great defense on Lace. (Holding him to) 2-for-16 is outstanding defense on him. We tried to drive and tried to get him to the free-throw line and unfortunately couldn't get him going that way either. So, again, Oklahoma State deserves a lot of credit."

The Cowboys trailed 30-27 at halftime but a 20-8 run over the first nine minutes of the second half was the difference as they won their second consecutive game (after losing four in a row) to improve to 18-11 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12.

Moses led the Cowboys with his double-double but he got plenty of help from Olukemi (13 points) Keiton Page (13) and freshman Markel Brown (10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocked shots).

"Markel's stat line is off the chart, other than the four missed free throws," Ford said. "Some of the rebounds he got are what we expected of Markel. Markel's going to be an elite player here some day. It just takes time. But he's got the physical tools to do it. And five blocks is just incredible."

Sidorakis joined both Moses and Pilgrim in the starting lineup (it was his first start in 12 games), and set the tone for the Cowboys with his tenacious defense on Dunn, who was averaging a Big 12-best 20.2 points per game and needed just 12 points to pass former Texas Tech standout Andre Emmett as the conference's all-time scoring leader.

"I'm proud of our seniors. They did a terrific job tonight. They all really did a lot to help us win," Ford said. "Nick did a terrific job getting us started on Lacedarius Dunn. Just an incredible start defensively, by everybody, but Nick did a good job. We wanted to be very active on defense early in the game and try to get some deflections and some steals and take them out of their comfort zone a little bit. And I think we did that. The guys just played really, really hard defensively. And offensively, we executed.

"It's a great win overall. It's a great win for our seniors. It was a great team effort. (Baylor is) a team that gives us problem, has a lot of size on us. It hasn't been the easiest season and our guys are still playing hard. It says a lot about these guys."

The Cowboys close out the regular season Saturday when they travel to Norman to face Oklahoma in the second Bedlam game. The Cowboys defeated the Sooners 81-75 on Feb. 5 in Stillwater.

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