The wheels were already shaking violently for Travis Ford and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but on Monday night, they may have flown completely off the wagon in a devastating loss.
Without their suspended superstar in Marcus Smart, the Cowboys had every opportunity to snap a 6-game losing streak against Baylor, but in the end, they came up short in a 70-64 overtime defeat. Oklahoma State led by 5 at the half, and led by as many as 8 in the second half before a slow bleed saw their lead shrink to nothing, and the Bears seemed to be cruising to victory in the late moments. OSU was able to get a crazy, unexpected steal in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime on a Leyton Hammonds three, but when things got to overtime, that momentum ran out in a hurry.
In fairness to Travis Ford’s club, they were not expected to win in a true road game against a solid opponent, but this one is devastating. It serves as their 7th (!) consecutive loss, and despite an exceedingly valiant effort from Markel Brown (26 points, 10-for-19 shooting while playing all 45 minutes), it was an inept offensive showing from OSU overall. The team shot just 38% from the floor on the night, and when you combine that with the fact that they were destroyed on the glass (51-35), it’s borderline amazing that they were still within striking distance.
At the moment, Oklahoma State has gone from a preseason top-10 team to one that is on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament, but for Baylor, their 5th Big 12 win was a hard-fought battle to keep their faint postseason hopes alive.