After Baylor took a 59-58 lead with 7:22 left, Anderson had nine points, four rebounds and two assists in the final minutes. In addition to his 31 points, Anderson finished with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
"It might have been one of the best complete games he’s had,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. "James kept competing the whole game. (He said) ‘I know I’m one of the best players in this league and I’m going to affect this game in a lot of ways.’ ”
Said Baylor coach Scott Drew: "(He was) passing, rebounding and defending. Tonight we didn’t have an answer for him and I don’t know that anybody has.”
Anderson’s performance combined with the sharp shooting of Page and key offensive rebounds down the stretch by Pilgrim proved to be the difference in the game. In the final three minutes, Pilgrim had back-to-back offensive rebounds — a follow-up dunk and another board which he kicked out to Page, who buried a three-pointer —which essentially put the game away for the Cowboys, giving them a 77-69 lead with 1:15 left.
"Rebounding was the difference in my mind,” Drew said. "Those offensive rebound put backs were the (plays) that were the biggest (plays of the game).”