Sixth-ranked Bears battle Cowboys in Big 12 affairFeb 4, 2012 - 4:02 PM Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - The sixth-ranked Baylor Bears will attempt to stay within striking distance in the Big 12 Conference, as they invade Stillwater this afternoon for a conference matchup with the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Bears have won three straight games since back-to-back losses to Kansas and Missouri and most recently moved to 7-2 in conference play with a hard- fought 63-60 road win at Texas A&M on Wednesday.
The Cowboys are also coming off a road win, posting an 80-63 win at Texas Tech on Tuesday. With the victory, OSU pulled to an even 11-11 on the season and within one game of .500 in-conference (4-5).
Baylor has won six of the last 10 meetings and is seeking the regular-season sweep after routing the Cowboys in Waco on January 14th, 106-65. Still, Oklahoma State holds a sizable 51-17 lead in the series overall, including a 24-3 mark in Stillwater.
The Bears have shown the ability to win games at either end of the floor and are enjoying a +14.2 scoring margin as a result. The team possesses plenty of scoring punch at 77.4 ppg on a healthy .490 shooting, including .407 from three-point range. Baylor currently has four players averaging double figures. Perry Jones III paces the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Fellow forwards Quincy Miller (12.6 ppg) and Quincy Acy (12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) give the team other options up front. Pierre Jackson has been both a potent scorer (12.6 ppg) and deft distributor (6.0 apg). Brady Heslip is just under double digits (9.7 ppg) getting a big portion of that from behind the arc (team-high 57 three-pointers).
The Bears struggled to find their range in the three-point win over Texas A&M, converting just .397 from the floor, including a .333 mark from behind the arc. Jones led the way with 15 points. Jackson tacked on 14 points in the win, while Acy chipped in with 11 points. Miller just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds.
OSU ended a brutal 14-game conference losing streak with a big win over Texas Tech this week. Markel Brown played a huge role in the win, erupting for a career-high 30 points, going 7-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. Le'Bryan Nash added 16 points to the cause, while Keiton Page finished with 10 points. Texas Tech hit 50 percent of its shots in the game, but the Cowboys were able to counter by going a whopping 33-of-35 from the charity stripe in the game.
Offensive proficiency hasn't been a strength for Oklahoma State this year. The Cowboys are averaging a modest 67.0 ppg, shooting a mere .418 from the floor overall. In addition, the team suffers from a -3.6 rebounding margin. Page leads the way at the offensive end at 14.2 ppg, thanks in large part to his 53 made three-pointers. Nash is just a freshman, but has shown flashes of brilliant play and comes into this contest averaging 13.3 ppg. Brown rounds out the top scorers on the roster at 10.0 ppg.
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