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Men take on OSU

Feb. 28, 2001


Sports writer

The Baylor men's basketball team will play its final road game of the regular season against Oklahoma State University at 6 tonight at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

Following a 66-58 victory over Texas Tech University on Monday, the Cowboys are in a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with records of 18-7 overall and 9-5 in the conference. The Bears find themselves in a tie for seventh with a 16-9 mark overall and 5-9 record in league play.

Baylor is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and for one reason or another has not played well on the road this season. Baylor's 1-6 Big 12 road mark is next-to-last in the conference.

'We have to concentrate on not making mistakes,' forward Logan Kosmalski said. 'If we do that, we can play with anybody in this league.'

The Bears hosted OSU on Jan. 17, only to see the Cowboys snap Baylor's 10-game, home winning streak with a 76-65 victory. Oklahoma State guard Maurice Baker scored a career-high 29 points as OSU shot 54 percent from the field in that game.

Baker is still OSU's leader entering the rematch. The junior college transfer is averaging 19.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, good for first and second, respectively, on the team.

He also leads the Cowboys in assists, steals and is playing more than 37 minutes of each game.

Forward Fredrik Jonzen is the second option in Oklahoma State's offense, and the 6-foot-10-inch Swede gave Baylor fits in Waco. He scored 17 points, two above his season average, on 7-11 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Jonzen is shooting better than 52 percent for the season and does a credible job of crashing the boards.

Baylor will also have to battle a notoriously noisy crowd at Gallagher-Iba.

Baylor guard DeMarcus Minor, however, revels in the atmosphere of what can veritably be called a barn. The arena seats just 6,381 fans.

'It's going to be great,' he said. 'I enjoyed playing there last year because the crowd is so close and boisterous. We just have to play with the same energy [as OSU] and do what we have to do.'