Considering the circumstances, Baylor picked up an impressive road win by defeating Oklahoma State, 73-69, on Monday night in Stillwater, Okla.
Why was it a big deal for the Bears to drop the Cowboys’ record to 8-9 this seasons and 2-3 in Big 12 play? Because some, or at least this sportswriter, questioned whether Baylor could win on the road anywhere in conference this season and that was before forward Tristan Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury.
But Baylor is showing a lot of grit the last few days as the Bears battled Kansas to the end on Saturday and then controlled the second half against Oklahoma State.
King McClure led the way on Monday night as he made 7 of 11 3-pointers on his way to 29 points. The rest of the Bears took the cue as they made 15 of 25 from beyond the arc as a team.
For the moment, at least, Baylor is successfully playing to its strengths. The Bears are crashing the boards, out-rebounding the Cowboys 36-35 after dominating the Jayhawks on the glass a couple days before, and showing no fear from 3-point range.
Is it enough for Baylor to make a run at an NCAA Tournament bid? It doesn’t seem likely.
The Bears will get another test as Big 12-leading Texas Tech — a much better defensive team than Oklahoma State – comes into the Ferrell Center on Saturday.