Baylor got a great win over a tough team on the road. After a back-and-forth first fifteen minutes of game time, Baylor closed the half with an 11-0 run that Oklahoma State just couldn’t overcome.
Manu Lecomte was exactly what Scott Drew needed him to be. Lecomte was aggressive finding his spots, driving to the left elbow for pull-ups and taking a quick trigger when he saw any daylight from three. He finished with a game high 18 points on 7-12 FG, 4-6 from three. He also managed 4 assists to 2 turnovers and controlled the pace of the game for most of the second half.
Oklahoma State made multiple runs in the second half, but the Cowboys could never close the gap any closer than 5 points. Kendall Smith was 3-6 from deep but only 4-12 from the field for a team high 15 points. Mitchell Solomon managed 13 points as the only other Cowboy in double-digits, but it took him 11 shots to get there. Overall, Oklahoma State shot only 37% from the field. Tonight was an excellent defensive game for the Bears.
Nuni Omot provided an excellent spark off the bench in the first half, providing 10 points with 2-2 shooting from outside. He was aggressive attacking closeouts and scrambled the defense, even if he did throw up a couple of prayers near the rim.
Tristan Clark and Jo Lual-Acuil struggled with foul trouble all game. Drew had to play Terry Maston at center for most of the first half, making Baylor’s defensive result exceptional. Maston was serviceable, and the perimeter defense of Omot, King McClure, Jake Lindsey, and Mark Vital was excellent. The defensive rebounding was lacking, but Baylor managed to limit Oklahoma State’s second chance points.
This game was almost certainly a letdown spot for the Pokes after their stunning victory in Lawrence. They shot terribly from all three levels. Baylor needed this game, and they showed up.
Up next, Baylor will be facing Kansas in Waco. The Big XII never lets up.