Jan. 15, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Henry Dugat scored 23 points to lead four Baylor players in double figures as the Bears beat Oklahoma State 79-71 Tuesday night.
"Tonight was a great illustration of the depth that we have this year on our team," said head coach Scott Drew. "We had different people stepping up that the last couple of games might not have. Mark Shepherd really gave us a huge lift and came up very big. Henry (Dugat), who started the year off a little slow, as of late has been as good as anybody in the country. And then you always have your veteran experience, and Aaron Bruce taking that charge at the end of the game sealed the victory. It was a total team effort."
Terrel Harris had 23 points for Oklahoma State (10-6, 1-1). Marcus Dove scored 12 and James Anderson and Byron Eaton scored 11 each.
Anderson came into the game as the Cowboys' top scorer and the fourth-highest scorer in the Big 12 at 16.5 points a game. He left the game with an injury with 12:27 remaining in the second half and did not return.
The game was tied at 49-49 when Anderson went down. His departure seemed to energize Baylor, as the Bears went on a 14-4 run to take a 63-53 lead with 7:21 remaining.
"We were put in a situation tonight where we were down, they got a lead, we came back and got a lead, and then they hit us with another punch and made a run," said Bruce. "Because of being in such big games before and going through a couple of Big 12 seasons, we could fight back. With our home crowd behind us, I think we did a good job."
After a Cowboy layup by Dove and two free throws by Baylor's Dugat, Oklahoma State scored the next six points to cut the lead to four, 65-61, with 5 minutes left. Byron Eaton hit a jumper and made three consecutive free throws during the spurt for the Cowboys, but they couldn't get any closer down the stretch.
Oklahoma State used an 11-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 19-12 deficit into a 26-22 lead with 7:29 remaining. Harris scored seven during the stretch.