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Baylor, Oklahoma State Postgame Quotes

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 Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
“Well, I thought everyone that stayed saw a heck of a game. You saw a tale of two halves. First half Oklahoma State played great; we didn't play well. I thought probably in essence in the last three weeks you've been first four out, last four in, on the bubble. All the pressure, stress probably showed tonight when we were 0 for 13 and just out of sync and couldn't get anything going and started pressing. And then second half we couldn't have been any more proud of how our team responded and played. I thought the upperclassmen did an unbelievable job leading. And to come back from 18 points down versus a team like Oklahoma State showed a lot of heart and a lot of courage and toughness, and I know our staff was extremely proud of how they came back."

On the foul on the last play:
“The great thing about film is you get it right away. Great thing about computers, you can go frame by frame, clip by clip. I saw it. I have an obvious opinion, real easy opinion. But I'll pose the question back to you: If for three weeks you've been struggling on the bubble trying to make this tournament and everybody says you win you're definitely in, you lose, you don't know, would you want the game to come down to that play? Period. And that's the question I'll throw back to you guys. Shouldn't have gotten down, but Oklahoma State's a top 15 team in the nation. And they're a good team and they caused us to get down. That's how I'll answer that."

On Pierre Jackson's shot at the buzzer:
"For a second I didn't know if there was contact or not. I look forward to looking at that play, too, because I thought it was a great look. I thought it was a great job by Pierre.”

 Senior Guard Pierre Jackson

On staying positive through the first-half deficit:
“We've been in that spot before. We were down 14 at their place with seven minutes to go. So we knew what the situation was. We just tried to stay positive as always, execute on defense and offense, and we were able to get back in the game."

On the second-half turnaround:
“We played Baylor basketball. We played as a team. Shots weren't falling for a couple of us. We just kept getting to the paint. Coach emphasizes paint, and we did a good job at that. We stayed solid on defense. So that's the way we play.”

Freshman Forward Rico Gathers

On the disappointment of falling short:
“Of course you'd be disappointed because of the loss. But, I mean, I was so proud of my teammates and how we were able to rally back. And that was the most exciting part of this game, being able to play with Pierre and A.J., and I got Jake on the sideline, we're giving it our all, 110 percent. And just coming up short, you know what I'm saying? You can't really dwell on it, you know what I'm saying? You just gotta look at the positives out of the situation. I mean, have to spend the last game of my season with some great teammates, and that's what means the most to me.”

 Head Coach Travis Ford

On Baylor's second-half comeback:
"Second half was more about Baylor than it was about us. What happened to our offense is what happened to our defense. We were scoring so many points off our defense in the first half, we couldn't get any stops in the second half to get out on the break and create some things."

On Pierre Jackson's last shot:
"I wasn't overly excited about seeing him run down the court wide open. But I'll tell you, we made a lot of defensive mistakes. We know we made defensive mistakes because of our game plan. A lot. We made another one there at the end that I was supposed to switch and didn't switch."

Freshman Guard Marcus Smart

On Pierre Jackson's last-second shot:
"We knew Pierre, he was going to make a play for his team. He was one of those guys that can do it for his team. He came out, and he started hurting us a little bit. He went through one of those spurts where he just was just scoring, attributing to the team with assists and just affecting the game. We definitely dodged a bullet with that last second shot."



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