WACO, Texas — Pierre Jackson was scuffling with his shot for Baylor. Thanks to their big men, the Bears had time to wait for the Big 12’s leading scorer to finally get going against Oklahoma State.
Jackson finally hit two 3-pointers and made a tough inside basket in an 83-second span of the second half, and Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson both finished with double-doubles while combining for 11 blocks in the Bears’ 64-54 victory Monday.
“The interior defense with Cory and Isaiah ... was really critical and crucial to the success. That allowed us to get some transition buckets and get going,” coach Scott Drew said. “And then when Pierre gave us that little offensive spurt, we were able to get some momentum in that second half.”
Austin, the 7-foot-1 freshman, had 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for his seventh double-double for Baylor (13-5, 4-1 Big 12). Jefferson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
“Their bigs just had too big a numbers on both ends of the court, and they came up with the big rebounds,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said. “We never caught a rhythm. At no point did we get on a roll offensively to give us momentum to give us that kick.”
Jackson had only five points in the game’s first 24 minutes before his quick eight-point spurt pushed Baylor ahead by 10 points. Unlike their double-digit lead in the first half, the Bears held on this time.
Le’Bryan Nash had 24 points for Oklahoma State (12-5, 2-3), including 10 in their 11-2 run going into halftime for a 28-27 lead.
A.J. Walton, Austin and Brady Heslip all hit 3-pointers in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half for Baylor, which never trailed again after that opening 10-4 spurt.
Jackson finished with 18 points, right at his average, while going 6-for-15 shooting including four 3-pointers. Before his eight-point spurt, the senior guard was 2-of-8 shooting and had taken only one of those shots after halftime — a badly-missed attempt on a 3-pointer.