Jan. 17, 2009
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WACO, Texas (AP) -Tweety Carter hit two 3-pointers to start overtime and finally put No. 21 Baylor ahead to stay in a 98-92 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday that was filled with wild swings.
Curtis Jerrells led the Bears (14-3, 2-1 Big 12) with 31 points and 10 assists, but missed a chance to win the game in regulation when he made only one free throw with 2.5 seconds left.
Carter, who had three points while playing 32 minutes in regulation, broke the 82-82 tie 12 seconds into overtime. He hit another 3 on the Bears' next possession, then added a floater and a steal to finish with 11 points.
Obi Muonelo had 21 points and James Anderson added 20 for Oklahoma State (12-4, 1-1), which needed a 13-0 run in the second half to regain the lead after blowing a 17-point advantage built over the game's first 14 minutes.
The Cowboys had won seven straight, the longest winning streak in the Big 12.
Baylor, coming off an 11-point loss at Texas A&M, went ahead 81-77 when Henry Dugat hit a free throw with 29 seconds left in regulation to cap a 12-1 run. Byron Eaton of the Cowboys fouled out on the play. Dugat had made only one of two free throws a minute earlier, and Jerrells missed another free throw before Dugat went to the line again.
Freshman guard Keiton Page made an inside basket for the Cowboys, but missed a free throw that was rebounded by Muonelo. That led to a 3-pointer by Page with 12 seconds left for a one-point lead.
Quincy Acy, a freshman making his first career start for Baylor, had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kevin Rogers had 14 points, LaceDarius Dunn 13 and Dugat 12.
Eaton had 17 points, while Terrel Harris had 12 and Page 11 for the Cowboys, who had won by an average margin of nearly 24 points during their winning streak.
Muonelo already had 13 points when he made a long 3-pointer with 7:20 left in the first half to put the Cowboys up 33-19. But he didn't score again until overtime.
Muonelo had two fouls in a 17-second span to start the second half and left the game with four. He scored eight of Oklahoma State's 10 points in overtime with Eaton and Harris already fouled out.
The Cowboys led 37-20 with 6:15 left in the first half when Anderson hit two free throws after stealing a pass and getting fouled on his drive. They led throughout the first half after Harris hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute, even after not making a field goal over the final 6:34.
Baylor responded with a 37-12 spurt, not even slowed down by the halftime break, and led 57-49 when Jerrells hit a 3-pointer with 12:20 left.
But Eaton sparked a 13-0 run with a floater and consecutive assists on 3-pointers by Anderson and Page. Harris' reverse baseline layup capped the 3-minute spurt and put the Cowboys ahead 74-67 with 5 minutes remaining.
Jerrells followed his own miss for a basket with 2:23 left. Then Jerrells grabbed the rebound after Eaton missed and passed ahead to Dunn for a breakaway layup that pushed Baylor back in front.