Feb. 13, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Byron Eaton matched his career high with 25 points and added a season-best eight assists as Oklahoma State held off a second-half push by Baylor for a 93-83 win Wednesday night.
Eaton scored 16 points before halftime as the Cowboys surged to a 20-point lead on the strength of 55 percent shooting before Baylor started a comeback.
The Bears scored the first six points of the second half to get back in the game and got within single digits when Henry Dugat capped an eight-point surge with a three-point play that made it 58-49 with 11:53 remaining.
Baylor had a chance to get even closer. After Kevin Rogers' layup got the Bears within 71-62 with 5:41 left, Curtis Jerrells picked off an outlet pass at midcourt but was unable to connect on a 3-pointer from the right wing.
James Anderson answered with a three-point play at the other end for Oklahoma State, and that started a run of eight straight points that extended the Cowboys' lead to 17.
Tweety Carter scored nine quick points in under a minute to get Baylor (17-6, 5-4) back within nine in the final minute, and Rogers got the deficit down to 91-83 with a putback with 15.8 seconds left but it was too late then for a real rally.
Anderson ended up with 17 points, Terrel Harris scored 15 and Marcus Dove and Obi Muonelo added 13 apiece for Oklahoma State (12-12, 3-7), which has won its last two home games after its worst start in Big 12 play.
Freshman LaceDarius Dunn led Baylor with 26 points, Carter scored 18, Jerrells added 13, and Dugat had 10. The Bears, who got into the Top 25 earlier this season for the first time since 1969, have lost four of their last five games.
After the teams traded baskets to start the game, Oklahoma State reeled of 14 points in a row to take a 16-2 lead on Martavius Adams' jumper from the right side with 14:08 left in the first half. The turnover-prone Bears didn't make their second basket until Mamadou Diene converted a hook shot in the lane 7:22 into the game.
The Cowboys' lead reached 20 when Harris finished an eight-point surge with a 3-pointer from the left wing that made it 30-10 with 8:10 to go before halftime.
Baylor cut the deficit to 15 on several occasions, but a technical foul against Jerrells with 1:02 left before halftime helped Oklahoma State restore its lead to 49-29.