“They couldn't find a rhythm. Just one of those nights for us.”
Away from home, it was like a lot of nights for the Cowboys. If it's not one thing, it's another.
With Nash firing, playing strong and with a sustained passion not always apparent, OSU should have been set up to make a serious charge at ending its road drought. Smart did his part, too, but with Brown and Forte misfiring, and Baylor getting help up and down its lineup, the Cowboys again were left short.
Bears big men Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson controlled the paint, combining for 21 points, 25 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
Pierre Jackson shook off a cold start to score a team-high 18 points, including eight straight during a key stretch early in the second half when Baylor extended its lead to 10, 45-35, after the Cowboys had taken a 28-27 lead to the half.
“They had their top three players, top three scorers, do what they normally do,” Ford said. “Give them credit.”
Despite their shooting struggles, the Cowboys battled throughout the second half, pulling as close as six, 53-47, with 4:38 remaining on Nash's driving layup.
“I hit some shots,” said Nash, who finished 10-of-19 from the floor. “I could have made more. Some shots weren't falling for my teammates. But they got me the ball in good situations and I hit some shots.”
Baylor extended the lead again from there, however, getting a dunk from Jefferson and another 3-pointer from Jackson, to boost the margin to 11.
“At no point did we get on a roll offensively to give us that kick,” Ford said. “We did a lot of good things. We just didn't finish. We didn't finish on either end.”