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Stillwater, Okla. Attendance: 11,500
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help Baylor beat No. 8 Oklahoma State 76-70 on Saturday and end a five-game losing streak.
Rico Gathers scored 14 points, Gary Franklin scored all 11 of his points in the second half and Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (14-7, 2-6 Big 12), which greatly improved its fading NCAA tournament hopes. The Bears had scored fewer than 70 points in four straight games, but shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Cowboys 32-26.
Markel Brown scored 24 points and made 6 of 8 3-pointers, Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points for Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4), which lost to rival Oklahoma 88-76 on Monday night. Marcus Smart added 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Cowboys, but he made just 3 of 14 field goals.
Oklahoma State had rallied from a nine-point deficit to take the lead in the final five minutes before Franklin, who had scored just two points all game, drained three contested 3-pointers in just under three minutes to put Baylor in control.
After the third triple, Royce O'Neal stole the ball and took it in for a dunk to give Baylor a 74-67 edge with 37 seconds to play.
Brady Heslip (season-high 20 points) scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and 47th in his career - BU is 36-11 in those games.
Gary Franklin (11 points) scored in double figures for the 7th time this season (9th of career). He hit three 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes, scoring 9 straight Baylor points to give the Bears a 72-67 lead.
Rico Gathers (14 points) had his 8th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 12th of his career - BU is 11-1 when he scores 10+ points.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor's bench contributed 20 points, while Oklahoma State's put just 1 point on the board.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Just when it was time to bail on Baylor the Bears win at OK St. 7 bids out of Big 12?-- Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) February 1, 2014
Baylor returns home to host Kansas Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.