STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team just can’t do things the easy way. But the Cowboys still have been clutch.
Playing in their third-straight game that has come down to the final possession, OSU came through yet again for a 69-67 overtime victory against Baylor on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“Glad we won. I thought it was just a gutsy performance by our team,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “… We’ve got some guys out there that have won a lot of games in high school and have been in these situations. They know what it takes to win. I’ll take the wins, it doesn’t matter how you get them.”
The 24th-ranked Cowboys (16-5, 6-3) had a 14-point advantage in the second half and let it slip away to the Bears, who came roaring back in the final seven minutes of regulation and forced overtime when Pierre Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining.
“I wouldn’t say that we were terrified, but we were cautious about it. We were thinking that we have to get ourselves together,” OSU point guard Marcus Smart said. “We had a 14-point lead and then they went on that run and started getting hot from everywhere. It started to put us in the sense of that our confidence just went down but we knew we couldn’t be negative about it. We just had to stay positive about it and play defense.”
The Pokes had to battle it out in the overtime, as well, with Jackson hitting a pair of 3-pointers early in the extra five minutes. Fortunately for OSU, which had another cold shooting night against Baylor, got a pair of 3-pointers as well — one from Smart, his only of the game, and another from freshman Phil Forte to tie the game with 1:12 left in overtime.