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The Big 12’s longest winning streak has come to an end but it did so in dramatic fashion. Baylor’s Manu Lecomte drained a 3-point shot at the 4:14 mark, to extend the Bears’ lead to 70-57, but OSU’s Jeffrey Carroll sparked a furious rally that nearly led to O-State’s sixth consecutive win.
Carroll’s jump shot provided the first two points in what would become a 12-0 OSU run that brought them to within 70-69 with just fourteen seconds remaining, but Lecomte struck again by sinking a pair of free throws to provide Baylor with the necessary insurance of a three-point cushion.
Following a Phil Forte shot, from beyond the arc, that came up empty in the final second the Cowboys walked off the floor on the short end of the scoreboard for the first time since a 96-88 loss to Kansas State on January 18th.
Carroll paced Oklahoma State with 20 points and Forte increased his career point total to 1,634, which ranks 10th in OSU history. However, the Cowboys struggled to find an answer for Baylor’s Johnathan Motley who shot 9/12 from the floor and scored 24 points.
The loss may have snapped a five-game winning streak but it doesn’t at all undermine what the Cowboys have done under first-year head coach Brad Underwood. Nor does it take away from the opportunity that still lies before OSU. At 15-9 the Cowboys are still very much in the hunt for an at large NCAA Tournament bid and they’ll close out the season by playing four of their final seven games at home.