Cowboys Come Up 'Short' Against Baylor

The bigger, taller Baylor Bears used their height to their advantage on Saturday against Oklahoma State. The 22nd-ranked Bears outscored the Cowboys by 20 points in the paint and that proved to be the difference for an 83-70 victory at the Farrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Baylor, now 14-2, dominated the Cowboys inside the paint with 6-foot-10 Anthony Jones scoring a career-high 16 points, 6-10 Ekpe Udoh finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, 6-7 Quincy Acy contributing 12 points (on five dunks) and 5 rebounds, and 7-foot Josh Lomers adding eight points and seven rebounds.

The Bears outscored the Cowboys 46-26 in the paint, and Baylor won the battle on the boards 41-31.

The Cowboys, now 13-4 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play, lost for the fourth consecutive time to the Bears in Waco. OSU is now 2-22 on the road when facing top-25 teams since 2000.

"I thought we played below the rim tonight, and Baylor was playing above the rim. I know we're not the biggest team or the tallest team but we have to get in there and battle, and scrap, and claw, and try to get everything we can," said OSU head coach Travis Ford, "When the game was on the line, I didn't think we did that.

"Our offense really hurt out defense again. We're not sharing the ball enough, we're not getting the shots we need, we're just struggling offensively right now. We just don't have a lot of weapons offensively," Ford added.

The Cowboys led at halftime thanks to senior Obi Muonelo, who scored 16 of his team-best 21 points in the first half. The 6-5 senior from Edmond, Okla., drilled a 25-foot, three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give OSU a 40-39 lead after a back-and-forth first half.

But OSU missed its first seven shots of the second half, and made just 9-of-30 shots from the field in the second half, and the Bears took advantage of the Cowboys' shooting woes.

Marshall Moses' two free throws gave the Cowboys a 42-39 lead early in the second half but the Bears scored six in a row – two by Udoh and four by Lomers – to take the lead 45-42.

James Anderson's four-point play – he was fouled by Lomers after making a three-pointer – pulled OSU even at 53-53 with 12:09 remaining in the game. But the Bears went on a 13-2 run over the next six minutes with LaceDarius Dunn, Jones and Tweety Carter draining three-pointers and the Cowboys would never recover.

Muonelo led the Cowboys with 21 points, while Anderson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Marshall Moses contributed 12 points and five rebounds. Freshman Ray Penn scored just two points but dished out a career-best seven assists with only one turnover.

"We're not a great team right now but we can be pretty good. Our problem right now is we may have one or two guys playing well and then we two or three guys playing 30 or 40 minutes who don't bring their 'A' or 'B' game," Ford added.

"We've got to get three or four guys bringing their 'A' game and then two or three guys bringing their 'B' game because that's the only way you're going to survive in this league. That's what Baylor did (today). They had great contributions from every player on their team ... some players played better than others but nobody went out there and didn't contribute.

"We've got guys right now who just need to make more positive plays than negative plays, and we're not getting that. That's been our struggle all year long. We've been able to win some games but we just haven't been able to get everybody on the same page. I don't think it's selfishness but we need to develop team chemistry and develop the team concept a little bit better," Ford added.

The Cowboys return to action Wednesday night when they host Colorado (10-7 overall, 1-2 in Big 12 play) at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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