WACO, Texas (AP)- Cory Jefferson scored 25 points and Baylor overcame a buzzer-beater that forced overtime to hand Oklahoma State its seventh straight loss with a 70-64 victory Monday night.
The Bears (17-9, 5-8 Big 12) won in overtime at home for the second time in three days. Baylor's Brady Heslip hit a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation in a double-overtime victory against Kansas State on Saturday.
Markel Brown and Phil Brown tried to make for Marcus Smart's absence. Brown scored 26 points and Forte, Smart's high school teammate in the Dallas area, added 20.
Isaiah Austin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears, who won for the fourth time in six games in a run that started with a win at Oklahoma State that snapped a five-game skid.
This was supposed to be a high-profile Monday matchup between a pair of teams that were 12-1 and ranked in the top 10 nationally when Big 12 play started. Instead, it was a battle for postseason survival, and played out that way.
Baylor, which trailed by 10 early in the second half, went ahead 56-55 on a dunk by Jefferson after a missed free throw by Austin and was up by three and had the ball with 3.5 seconds left.
But Gary Franklin's inbound pass was intercepted by Leyton Hammonds, who dribbled around a defender and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime at 58-all.
Jefferson, who also had a game-high 13 rebounds, made a 3-pointer from the left wing to start overtime and put Baylor ahead for good.
Baylor had a 51-36 rebounding advantage, surpassing the 40-rebound mark for the 14th time this season (11-2 in those games). The Bears are 75-19 in the Drew era when grabbing 40+ rebounds.
Cory Jefferson had a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds to record his ninth double-double of the season and the 20th of his career.
Jefferson had his 3rd game of the season with 20+ points and 11th of his career. Baylor owns an 11-0 record when Jefferson scores 20+ points.
Isaiah Austin had 12 points and 12 rebounds to record his 3rd double-double of the season and the 14th of his career.
Austin scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 44th time in his career.
Austin grabbed double-figure rebounds for the 3rd time this season and the 17th in his career.
Austin had 5 blocks in the game. He has had at least 2 blocks in each of his last five games and has 75+ on the season.
Brady Heslip tied a season-high with 3 assists. He also had 3 vs. West Virginia and vs. Kansas State.
Heslip scored 6 points and is now just 7 points away from becoming Baylor's 27th 1,000-point scorer.
Royce O'Neale has had three straight games with 7 or more rebounds.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor led Oklahoma State in second-chance points, 16-1. The one point by OSU is the lowest second-chance point total by a BU opponent this season.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor heads to Morgantown, W.Va. to take on West Virginia Saturday (Feb. 22) at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network.