There were plenty of big things contributing to Oklahoma State's 64-60 loss Saturday, like the 37 points Baylor scored off turnovers and second chances.
But two key plays late punctuated what went wrong for the Cowboys in their upset bid.
* After the Cowboys had taken their only lead, 57-56, on Keiton Page's 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining, OSU coach Travis Ford warned his team what was coming, zeroing in on Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson. Then Jackson drove the lane, drawing Le'Bryan Nash over to help on defense, before dishing to Quincy Acy for an easy basket.
“We called timeout and we told them exactly what was going to happen,” Ford said. “Exactly what was going to happen, 100 percent, they did exactly what we said they were going to do. And our guys tried everything they could to stop it.
“I knew Pierre Jackson was going to get a ball screen and he was going to shoot it, drive it or pass it. The last two minutes of the game, if the game is close for them, he is going to make the play. That's what they do.”
* Down 62-60, the Cowboys seemed to get the break they needed when Baylor's Brady Heslip missed the front end of a one-and-one with :09.4 left. Heslip was 23-of-24 from the line before the miss. Except Acy leaped high for the offensive rebound, and the Bears soon put the game out of reach with two made foul shots.
“A good rebounder is always rebounding,” said Bears coach Scott Drew. “(Acy) could have said, ‘Brady's missed one free throw all year. I'm going to take this one easy.'”
GUERRERO'S RETURN UNCERTAIN
Before Saturday's game, it was announced that OSU freshman Cezar Guerrero would sit out under suspension for “violation of team policy.”
Ford didn't elaborate on the cause for the suspension and didn't give a timetable for Guerrero's return.
“We'll see,” Ford said. “Our message is, do things off the court. You've got to work as hard off the court as you do on the court. It's a combination. We'll see. He's got things he has to do. We'll see how he responds to it and go from there.”
The Cowboys face a quick turnaround, with Iowa State visiting Gallagher-Iba Arena on Tuesday night. Tip time is 6 p.m.
OSU nearly pulled out a road win in Ames earlier this season, leading late before losing 71-68 on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
NOT THIS TIME
Page, with his quick-trigger reputation, has excelled at drawing fouls on pump fakes from beyond the arc, earning three free throws.
It worked once Saturday, but not in the final minute, when Page faked, drew contact from Acy, but saw a no-call become a turnover with :26 left and Baylor leading 60-57.
“I just forced it a little bit too much,” Page said. “I think he was straight up and down on that one. He left his feet, but he kept it straight up in the air and didn't lean into me too much.
“Unfortunately I didn't get that call.”
For Baylor, winning in Stillwater offered a new feeling.
The Bears had lost eight straight in Gallagher-Iba. Beyond the current players, Drew hadn't won there either.
“This is a different feeling for me because normally we've lost up here,” Drew said, “and I tribute that to the great teams and players we've faced and the great fan support that Oklahoma State gets at home.”
Despite romping by 41 in their first meeting with OSU, the Bears said they were prepared for a different effort and a different game in the rematch.
“They are missing two guys that they had last time and they still were able to stay in the game,” Acy said. “That just says a lot about them and their coach.”