Oklahoma State basketball: Baylor rallies for win over Oklahoma State

Pierre Jackson scored 18 points as the Cowboys' road struggles continued.
by John Helsley Published: January 21, 2013

Athletes talk a lot about getting everyone on the same page.

On a Big Monday at Baylor, Oklahoma State could have used more prominent roles by certain someones — reliable someones — on the significant page: the box score.

Just as Le'Bryan Nash attacked and scored in a way the Cowboys have been wishing for, finishing with a season-high 24 points, the Cowboys' usually consistent cast of characters went missing in a 64-54 loss at the Ferrell Center.

Leading scorer Markel Brown made just 1-of-10 shots from the floor and contributed but two points, one fewer than his three turnovers.

Designated shooter Phil Forte made but 2-of-9 shots from the floor — and none of his six 3-pointers — for four points in 30 minutes.

Marcus Smart provided his usual all-around stat pack, with 12 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals, yet even then, OSU's two-man matchup wasn't near enough.

“We got what we wanted to get,” Smart said. “We just fumbled a couple balls, missed some easy layups that we usually finish. That's kind of what it was.

“Give (Baylor) credit, they played their defense well. But our offense just wasn't to the standard it usually is.”

The standard has typically featured Brown, who entered Monday on a 12-game run of double-digit scoring performances. He'd either led the Cowboys, or tied for team-high scoring honors seven times, including Saturday, when he poured in 21 points in OSU's rout of Texas Tech.

That was the same day Forte struck for 19, his ninth double-digit scoring game in what has been a fine start to his freshman season.

Against the Bears, neither could ignite, combining for 10 of OSU's 14 missed 3-pointers on a day when the Cowboys shot just 34.9 percent overall (22-of-63) and 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from the arc.

“Happens,” OSU coach Travis Ford said through gritted teeth.

Doesn't happen very often for Brown or Forte, who have been reliable scoring options, even guys to count on in times of need.

Just not Monday, when the Cowboys again failed to snap an expanding trend of losing on the road, falling to 1-21 over their last 22 Big 12 road trips. Overall this season, they're 12-5 overall, 2-3 in the conference.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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