STILLWATER — Oklahoma State kept overcoming Wednesday night.
Overcoming its own ugly shooting.
Overcoming Pierre Jackson's late flurry to wipe out a 14-point, second-half deficit for Baylor.
Overcoming maybe even the “Kansas hangover” the Cowboys had addressed with all the right words and good intentions earlier in the week.
So when the Bears' A.J. Walton lifted the potential go-ahead shot in the closing seconds of overtime, OSU's Michael Cobbins would have none of it, swatting Walton's attempt and setting up Markel Brown for a coast-to-coast, buzzer-beating layup that lifted the Cowboys to a 69-67 win before an estimated 7,500 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“I just figured we had come too far to give up a layup at the end,” said Cobbins, who grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with nine points and two blocks. “I just went up and tried to get it. Thank God I got it.”
When Brown clutched the rebound under the Baylor basket, just :04.7 seconds remained. Still, he dribbled the length of the floor and attacked, scoring with :00.2 showing.
“I took one glance at (the clock) — wait, I took two glances at it — and I was just trying to beat the clock as fast as I could.”
Brown just beat it, leaving the Bears no time to catch and shoot, with an errant final pass floating out of bounds and leaving OSU with a four-game Big 12 winning streak.
“I was hoping he would get to the rim,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, “because so many players pull up (and shoot). So many players don't think they have enough time. You've got more time than you think you do.
“I'm glad he got to the rim.”
He and an exuberant Gallagher-Iba crowd, forced to go on the wild ride with its team.
Baylor coach Scott Drew, not so much.
“Stinks to be on this end of it,” Drew said.
The Cowboys improved to 16-5 overall, 6-3 in the Big 12, but was sloppy from the outset in their first game after knocking off then-No. 2 Kansas on Saturday. Baylor fell to 14-8 and 5-4.
OSU shot just 36.1 percent from the floor, making but 26-of-72 attempts, including 3-of-21 from beyond the arc. Brown, who fired in seven 3s himself at Kansas, finished 4-of-17 shooting. And his performance was the worst, with teammate Marcus Smart enduring his worst shooting performance as a Cowboy, a 4-for-21 effort.
“We've talked a lot about it this year, about nights when you don't make shots,” Ford said. “Games you don't shoot the ball, you've got to tough it out. Toughness is the key word. You've got to tough it out on defense. Tough it out with your rebounding. Tough it out on loose balls.
“You look at the offensive numbers and you think, ‘How in the world did they win?' Then you move over and you see that we shot our free throws pretty well. And you see we got 15 offensive rebounds. And we turned them over 16 times. Those are the numbers you better start seeing, if you're going to expect to win on nights we shoot the ball like that.”
Smart still led the Cowboys with 14 points, and provided plenty of positives with seven assists and four steals with no turnovers. Brown added 13 points and Le'Bryan Nash 10. Cobbins grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, to go with his nine points and two blocks.
And Brian Williams and Kamari Murphy picked the Cowboys up in the first half, combining for 12 points, while the rest of the squad scuffled.
Baylor led 9-3 and 19-11, before OSU managed a late run to lead 24-22 at the half.
The Cowboys kept pushing after intermission, building their lead to as much as 14 points and still holding a 13-point margin, 56-43, with 6:53 to play.
But Jackson was heating up, scoring 20 of his game-high 24 points in the final 10:45.
“I just needed to do something for my team,” said Jackson, who finished with 11 turnovers. “I didn't provide much throughout the whole game. They called on me. I just tried to deliver.”
Jackson's two free throws with: 06.5 left in regulation tied it at 59-59 and forced the extra period, when he fired in two 3-pointers to keep the Bears ahead.
But Phil Forte eventually fired in a 3 to tie it 67-67, setting up the final sequence.
“I thought it was a gutsy performance by our team,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “I thought both teams played hard. I think both teams would probably say they didn't play their best offensively.
“Glad we won. It's one of those games where you just kind of move on and get ready for the next one.”