Looking to continue the winning ways in Big 12 play, Oklahoma State prepared to host the Bears. Jumping out to a 21-13 lead with 10:05 in the first half, it appeared as though the Cowboys would begin to distance themselves from the competition. However, the game of basketball is a peculiar in that virtually no lead guarantees victory. Allowing Baylor to slowly creep back into the contest, Mike Boynton’s program trailed at the break 40-35.
Midway through the second, a similar story began to develop. On a Curtis Jones layup, the Cowboys pushed the lead out to 60-54. Yet, the defense flinched on the other end of he court Surrendering the next seven points to Baylor, the lead was squandered.
Despite battling throughout the remainder of the contest, O-State never regained control of the game. Eventually, the program fell 73-69 as the clock zeroed out.
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On the evening, three starters scored in double digits. But, it was Jones leading the way with 18 points off the bench. The real difference maker was the perimeter defense, or lack thereof.
All night long, the Bears fired up shots from beyond the arc — 25 to be exact. That’s nearly half of the shots the program attempted during the forty minute game. Knocking down 15 (60%) of the attempts, BU recorded 45 of their 73 points from range.
In today’s game with the emergence of Steph Curry and other shooters dominating the NBA, the trend is here to stay. Live by the three or die by the three. Unfortunately is was the latter of the two for he Cowboys tonight.