OSU remained winless on the Big 12 road this season, losing for the third time in as many tries, 64-54 at Baylor.
The Cowboys didn't shoot well (34.9 percent) and got inconsistent production from its lineup. But they wouldn't attribute it all to the road, where the program's recent road record dating back to 2009 now reads 1-21.
“I don't think it's part of playing on the road,” freshman guard Marcus Smart said of OSU's rough shooting night. “Teams are going to have games like that, where things just aren't falling. It was one of those nights.
“You've got to limit those nights to as few as possible. But I don't think it has anything to do with playing on the road.”
The Cowboys haven't enjoyed the easiest opening to their conference road schedule: Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor, teams that are a combined 11-2 in league play.
The next opportunity is only tougher: at Big 12 unbeaten Kansas, Feb. 2.
“You can't look at all the road losses,” said OSU coach Travis Ford, “every game is an individual game. It's not the whole; every game is an individual game.
“We keep doing the things we did tonight, we'll win some road games. I just hope we don't shoot like that again.”
JACKSON COMES THROUGH FOR BU
Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson, the team's leading scorer and the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, struggled offensively in the first half, making just 2-of-7 shots from the floor.
Jackson came through in the second half, however, scoring eight straight points during a key stretch to boost the Bears' lead, then firing in a 3-pointer late, eventually finishing with a team-high 18 points.
“They've got very good guards in Pierre Jackson and (A.J.) Walton, those are very good players,” Smart said. “We just kind of let them get comfortable. We talked about it all week, not letting them get comfortable. They got comfortable in that stretch.
“They hit some big shots at big key moments that were game-changers.”
Smart earned some respect in his own right.
“I think we have to contribute some of that to Marcus Smart,” Bears coach Scott Drew said of Jackson's early struggles. “He's one of the best defensive players in the country and leads the Big 12 in steals, and he's tenacious.
“I thought they had a good game plan. Oklahoma State didn't really let us get a lot of good looks, and Pierre had to earn what he got.”
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: NASH
One positive in the OSU loss was the play of Le'Bryan Nash, who scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor.
Taking a cue from his play at the start of the season, Nash succeeded by taking the ball aggressively to the hole, scoring over and around Baylor's big men, frequently going to his left hand to finish plays.
“He played well,” said Ford. “LB played well, did some good things to help our basketball team. He was aggressive offensively. He did some good things.”
Saturday: West Virginia, noon
Jan. 30: Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2: at Kansas, 3 p.m.
BY JOHN HELSLEY