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Oklahoma State men's basketball: Cowboys deflect road rage

OSU remained winless on the Big 12 road this season, losing for the third time in as many tries, 64-54 at Baylor.
by John Helsley Modified: January 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

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.”


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.

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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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