March 14, 2013

Oklahoma State escapes Pierre Jackson's big half to beat Baylor 74-72

Oklahoma State escaped by the skin of their teeth against Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, but they escaped nonetheless with a 74-72 win.

Le'Bryan Nash was the only Cowboy to hit a field goal in the second half with the rest of the team's points coming at the free throw line, as it seemed like OSU went into their prevent defense at the halftime.

They earned a game in the semifinal round against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Let's break down the game a little bit, and preview tomorrow's matchup.

The game was over when… Oklahoma State opened the game with a huge run. At the half, they led the Baylor Bears 42-24, and though Baylor came out firing on all cylinders (looking at you, Pierre Jackson) in the second half, they just couldn't quite recover from the gut shot to start.

Player of the game… is a split award between Nash and Baylor's Jackson. Nash only scored 14 points in the game, but he kept his team afloat in the second half and was the only player who got anything going on the offensive end of the floor. On the flip side, Jackson continued to be the only player to show up against OSU as he only dropped 31 points in the loss and was unconscious in the second half.

What I don't get… is why Oklahoma State went away from the press in the second half. They built a huge lead, then took their foot off of Baylor's throat and let them back into the game. I understand how much running the press can drain a team, but you can run it every couple of possessions at least. Especially when Baylor's shooting the ball the way they did in the second half.

Next up… is the Kansas State Wildcat team that the Pokes downed on Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Wildcats won the first matchup in Manhattan, driven behind Rodney McGruder having a huge game, while the Cowboys survived off of Marcus Smart dropping 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the conference finale. The two teams tip off at 9 p.m. in Kansas City, and the game is set to be televised on the Big 12 Network, just as tonight's game was broadcasted on.

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