Baylor takes down Oklahoma StateJan. 18, 2010
By Justin Baer
The No. 22-ranked Bears bounced back from a disappointing road loss Tuesday night in Colorado and defeated Oklahoma State University 83-70 Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor used a second-half surge to put away the Cowboys in front of 9,223--Baylor's largest crowd this season.
Head coach Scott Drew has consistently preached the importance of home games, especially in the rigid Big 12 conference. With the victory, Baylor (14-2, 2-1), the Bears remain undefeated at the Ferrell Center this season. And while Saturday's rambunctious crowd was opinionated on many calls, Drew said it provided an extra spark for his squad in the second half.
"The crowd really gave us a great energy boost in the second half," said Drew, whose team has won 10 consecutive home games. "When we were able to get a couple back-to-back baskets, this place was really rockin', and we were able to get separation."
The Cowboys utilized open shots in the first half and shot 54.5 percent from beyond the three-point line, including a perfect 4-for-4 from Obi Muonelo. Muonelo's buzzer-beater before the half gave Oklahoma State a one-point lead. However, Muonelo's luck remained in the locker room going into the second half, as Baylor magnified its defensive efforts.
"In the first half, it made me upset because I could hear him after he made his shots," Muonelo's high school teammate Ekpe Udoh said. "At some point when I knew the game was over I told him, 'man, you faded away fast.'"
LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 25 points and collected nine rebounds, while Udoh snatched his 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Anthony Jones had a career-high 16 points.
The 6-foot-10 Jones exploited an egregious mismatch, as he was guarded by 5-foot-7 Keiton Page in the early minutes. Jones accounted for seven points in the game's first seven minutes and admitted he was surprised at Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford's decision.
"I felt a little disrespected, because their coach put a 5-foot-7 guy on me," Jones said.
Jones was also the catalyst of the final spurt that gave Baylor the victory. The Houston native hit a key three-point basket in the second half, and capped a 15-4 run with a dunk.
"He did a good job on the boards and 16 points is excellent," Drew said. "We would like to get that every game, but it was super today."
With No. 3-ranked Kansas waiting in the looms, Dunn's third-consecutive 20-point game engineered an imperative victory at home.
Baylor travels to Lawrence for Wednesday night's game that will be aired on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.