The Cougs, despite their top 10 ranking, were considered a 2 1/2-point underdog. In the first-half, and then early in the second when trailing by 14, they definitely looked overmatched. Cold shooting and foul trouble conspired against them -- not to mention an uncharacteristic 11 first-half turnovers.
And their first-half defense was atrocious. Tony Bennett said that 29 of Baylor's 38 first-half points came off transition baskets, offensive rebounds or turnovers.
But the Cougs clawed back. Derrick Low hit two key three-pointers, less than 40 seconds apart, late in the game to tie it at 60 and then put the Cougs up 63-60.
Aron Baynes connected for two from short range with 1:12 left to put the Cougs up 65-62. And then Cowgill, who in addition to his 8-of-12 shooting from the field snared five rebounds and blocked a shot, tipped in a basket with 11 seconds left to seal the win for the Cougs.
WSU is now 7-0 on the season.
You'll find more game notes at the bottom of this page at the conclusion of the photo essay.
Derrick Low bears down on D against Baylor's Aaron Bruce. Low had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Six of his nine points came within a span of 40 seconds late in the game.
Tweety Carter tries to drive on Taylor Rochestie. Rochestie finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Cougs not yet where they need to be, but gritty road win at Baylor a step in the right direction, said head coach Tony Bennett.
* The Cougars have come from behind when trailing at halftime for three victories this season…WSU is 3-0 this season and 13-2 under Tony Bennett when trailing at the half.
* WSU's 38-26 halftime deficit is the largest halftime deficit of the season…the third time the Cougars have trailed at halftime this season…WSU has trailed at halftime in both road games this season…all three times the Cougars have trailed at half, they've had 26 points.
* The Cougars got a combined 38 minutes from their bench in the first half…WSU got a total of just 30 and 41 minutes, respectively, from the bench in two of its previous three games.
* Robbie Cowgill's 18 points tied his career high.
* Friday was the first time all season none of the three starting guards (Low, Rochestie, Weaver) scored in double-digits (Cowgill 18, Harmeling 10, Baynes 10 led the way against Baylor).