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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys need overtime to sink Baylor

No. 22-ranked OSU shook a ragged performance to finish feeling good, prevailing 69-67, running its winning streak to four games.
by John Helsley Published: February 6, 2013

“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.”

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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