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Bears fall in round 1 to OK State, 80 - 66

March 7, 1997

James Phillips / The Baylor Lariat

David Hodge, a Maryborough, Australia, freshman returns a volley during warm-ups yesterday in practice.

By Jeff Huett

Assistant City Editor/Sports

It's all out of Baylor's hands now.

The Bears relinquished control of their postseason chances, after an 80­66 loss to Oklahoma State University in the first round of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday.

The closest the Bears got to the lead was when the score was tied at two with just two minutes gone by in the first half. This was the only tie of the game and Baylor never led.

Baylor opened the game ice cold from the floor, shooting 36 percent, 9­25, in the first half. After Brian Skinner, a Temple junior, scored the Bears' first basket of the game, Baylor could not find the basket until the 12:40 mark when Patrick Hunter, an Ashdown, Ark., junior, made one of two shots from the free-throw line.

From there, Baylor went on a 10­4 run, hitting three shots from beyond the three-point arc.

Oklahoma State opened up its largest lead of the half at 14 points, 27­13, with 5:45 remaining. At that point, 12 of Baylor's 13 points were from three pointers.

The Cowboys cruised into the locker room at the half with a nine-point lead, 35­26.

Things only got worse for the Bears in the second half.

Baylor committed two straight turn overs to open the half and Oklahoma State capitalized on both, scoring four points from the inside.

The Bears did manage to get two Cowboys in foul trouble. With 16 minutes to play, Chianti Roberts was sent to the bench after committing his third personal foul. Just more than a minute later, Scott Robisch picked up his fourth personal foul.

But the Bears could not take advantage of the Cowboys' temporary loss of two of its starters, as Baylor never got closer than 10 points and Oklahoma State cruised to the 14-point win.

'We just didn't come out sharp today,' said Baylor assistant coach Billy Gillispie. 'We felt fortunate to be only down nine points at the half.'

The Bears finish the season with an overall record of 18­12 and now the Bears return to Waco in hopes of receiving a phone call telling them that they are NIT bound.

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