Oh, he struggled with the whipping, appearing for a drive-by 27-second official news conference, before expanding later in private. But the bottom line was no mystery.
“Not hard to explain, really,” Ford said. “When they're making 3s like that, they're going to beat a lot of people that bad.” How bad?
Baylor 106, OSU 65.
It was the Cowboys' second-worst defeat — ever — and the worst since 1932, when Harold James' Oklahoma A&M squad was routed 65-23 by Creighton. OSU hadn't surrendered 100 points in a regulation game since falling 104-72 at Kansas in 1997.
Vertically challenged to contend with Baylor's height inside, the Cowboys surrendered 17 offensive rebounds and 21 second-chance points and were out-boarded 48-25 overall. Committed still to competing inside, OSU was repeatedly stung by the Bears' perimeter arsenal, which featured six players pouring in 3-pointers.
“You know they can score in the paint,” Ford said. “You know they can rebound; they're going to do that. But if they're going to make 15 3s …
“They made 'em. About four or five of them came off second shots we could have stopped, but the rest of them, they made 'em. They just jumped up and made 'em.”
The No. 4-ranked Bears improved to 17-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference. And in an ongoing audition to be considered a national title contender, Baylor looked every bit the part.
“They are a very difficult team to defend,” said OSU guard Markel Brown, who along with Keiton Page had 15 points to lead the Cowboys. “They have a pro inside with Perry Jones. They can play inside-out. They have a great shooter on the outside in (Brady) Heslip. So they're very difficult to guard.”
After a soft opening to the Big 12 schedule earned the Cowboys two wins in three games, the shift in competition was dramatic Saturday.
The game set up as a bad matchup for the Cowboys and didn't differ from the pregame script, with the exception of Baylor's barrage of 3s.
The Bears entered as the Big 12 best from beyond the arc, averaging seven 3s a game. They more than doubled their average against the Cowboys, who ranked among the league's best in 3-point defense.
Pierre Jackson fired in five 3s, and Heslip and Quincy Miller each added three, as the Bears shot 51.7 percent from long-range (15-of-29).
“Oklahoma State just caught us on a bad day,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew.
Bad day for the Cowboys.
Even as OSU operated with some confidence and efficiency for the better part of the opening 20 minutes, Baylor built a 46-31 lead by halftime.
When the Bears got rolling, and rollicking, the end couldn't come quick enough, with the final 10 minutes turning into a highlight reel of dunks and alley-oops.
Baylor had four players finish in double figures scoring, with Miller leading the way with 21, while Jones added 19, Jackson 18 and Quincy Acy 15.
Beyond Brown and Page, who didn't score until the second half, there was little reliable production. Le'Bryan Nash managed just six points on 2-of-12 shooting.