Baylor triumphs over a Smart-less Oklahoma State 70-64 at home

What's a basketball doing here, on a basketball court? - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears found themselves on the other end of an unbelievable overtime-forcing 3 tonight but managed to pull away and win by 6.

We've seen an eerie pattern develop the last couple of games, despite the positive result.  Baylor starts out relatively slow against an undermanned squad missing its best player, falls behind at halftime by around a half-dozen points, trails by ten at some point in the second half, then comes back and wins in overtime (or double overtime, as it was against KSU).  I'm not sure what that says, but it ends in a win, so I'm ok.

That Baylor was able to accomplish that feat once again despite shooting under 40% from 2 and 3 can be attributed to one statistic: 22.  That's the number of offensive rebounds tonight for the Bears, just one fewer than the number of made shots.  It's also 10 more than Oklahoma State had.  The Bears missed 38 shots and rebounded the ball on 22 of them.  That's 58% (rounding up) of your missed shots ending in an offensive rebound.  On the whole, Baylor had 51 rebounds total in the game against Oklahoma State's 36.

With their third win in a row, Baylor now stands at 17-9 and 5-8 in the conference with a puncher's chance at the "magical" 20 win plateau.  A .500 record in conference play would be the best-case scenario, obviously, but with games at WVU, Texas and KSU down the stretch, it's probably not going to happen.  Our schedule:

Bears Basketball Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ West Virginia Sat 02/22 12:30 PM CST
@ Texas Wed 02/26 8:00 PM CST
Texas Tech Sat 03/01 12:30 PM CST
Iowa St. Tue 03/04 6:00 PM CST
@ Kansas St. Sat 03/08 12:30 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Oklahoma St. Mon 02/17 W 70 - 64
Kansas St. Sat 02/15 W 87 - 73
@ TCU Wed 02/12 W 91 - 58
@ Oklahoma Sat 02/08 L 72 - 88
Kansas Tue 02/04 L 52 - 69

The Bears' next game is this coming Saturday against a surprisingly strong WVU team in Morgantown.  The Bears will need the long layoff after two overtime games in a row.

Players of the Game:

Cory Jefferson -- 25 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks
Isaiah Austin -- 12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks

The full box score.

All 12 of Isaiah's points came in the second half.  Baylor in the second half:

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