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Men's basketball squad drops its 1st home game

Jan. 18, 2001

Bears lose despite 2nd half comeback

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports writer

The Baylor men's basketball team got better as the game progressed but could not climb out of a first half hole, falling to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys 76-65 in front of 6,353 fans Wednesday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Baylor dropped to 13-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12 Conference, while OSU improved to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

'In the first half we played as well as we're capable of playing,' Cowboys' head Coach Eddie Sutton said.

Baylor opened the contest with consecutive 3-pointers by guards Wendell Greenleaf and DeMarcus Minor, and a lay-up by forward Greg Davis extended Baylor's advantage to 10-4.

On the next possession, however, Greenleaf pick up his second personal foul and Oklahoma State began to take control.

Behind the shooting of guard Maurice Baker, OSU turned the deficit into a 36-19 advantage with 2:30 left in the first half.

Baker knocked down a trio of 3-pointers during the run, and led all scorers with 29 points. He was 10-15 from the field, including 6-10 from behind the arc, and led his team with nine rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.

'When Wendell went out early we tried some different players, but we couldn't find that energy that he has,' Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss said.

OSU was 6-11 as a team on threes in the first half, which was surprising because the Cowboys were only shooting 27 percent from long range coming into the game. Baylor stuck with its 2-3 zone defense, but to no avail.

'We're a zone team, and it seemed like common sense to use zone against them,' Minor said. 'They just hit the shots.'

The Bears trailed 41-25 at halftime, but opened the second frame with a 12-3 run, highlighted by a pair of Greenleaf-to-Terry Black alley-oop dunks. Minor sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 44-37 at the 16:40 mark, but that was as close as Baylor would get.

On the ensuing Cowboy possession, Baker calmly buried his fifth bomb of the night, pushing the OSU lead back into double-digits. Baylor would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.

'Every time we came back, they kept hitting key shots as key times,' Greenleaf said.

Another factor in the game was in the paint, where Oklahoma State pulled down 13 offensive rebounds against a Baylor team that sorely misses 7-foot-2-inch center John Flippen and 6-foot-10-inch center Steve Othoro.

'We're not a great rebounding team,' Bliss said. 'One of our Achilles is our lack of size inside.'

With Flippen cleared to resume practice, however, and Othoro's return on the horizon, Davis is looking forward to returning to the power forward position.

'There's a lot I'm not used to,' Davis said of playing center. 'Giving up those offensive rebounds was frustrating.'