WACO, Texas — “I don’t really think they had anything to do with me missing a couple of shots. It was just me not following through,” Jackson said. “I was just flicking it; I was just letting it go. Coach always preaches to me to hold my follow-through, and it will go in. He hasn’t lied to me yet, and I was able to knock a couple down.”
Neither Jackson nor Austin played in the Bears’ 107-38 win over Division III Hardin-Simmons on Saturday. Jackson was quick to point out that getting that break wasn’t to blame for his slow start against the Cowboys.
The Bears swept the season series against Oklahoma State for the first time last season, and now have their first three-game winning streak in the 70-game series.
Nearly three dozen NBA scouts and team executives had passes for the game featuring two of the Big 12’s top freshmen, Austin and the versatile Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, the only Big 12 player who ranked in the top 20 in the league in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.
Smart also had a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had seven assists and two steals.
After Nash’s jumper with 17:48 left put Oklahoma State up 32-31, Austin hit his 3 and Baylor led the rest of the way. Jackson was way off from long range before Jefferson blocked a shot that Jackson came up with and passed to Heslip for a 3-pointer.
“I liked that stretch,” Drew said, with a smile. “And at the end of the day, players making plays.”
Jackson finally got on track with a 3-pointer with 15:37 left, then hit another from long range before a tough inside shot with 14:14 left that made it 45-35.
Before halftime, Baylor led by as much as 23-13 after a jumper by Gary Franklin.