Both Baylor and Oklahoma State needed wins entering Monday night’s game in Waco, but, in the end, it was the Bears prevailing with a 70-64 overtime win over the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds stole an inbounds pass and drilled the game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime, but the Cowboys fell as they ran out of gas in the extra frame.
Playing without Marcus Smart for the third game of his three-game suspension, the Cowboys (16-10, 4-9) lost their seventh consecutive game. Baylor (17-9, 5-8) won its third straight game as the Bears had 22 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points.
Cory Jefferson had a tremendous outing with 25 points and Isaiah Austin added 13 points and Kenny Chery also had 10 for a balanced Baylor effort.
The Bears just simply wore down the Cowboys and outrebounded them 51-36 and outplayed them in overtime. It looked like Oklahoma State was outplaying Baylor early in the second half, but they didn’t have enough firepower in the end.
Markel Brown gave a great effort for the Cowboys. At 26 points, Brown was devastating as a primary ball handler as he also finished with six assists and no turnovers. With Brown’s ability to hit jumpers on pull-ups off-the-dribble or get to the rim by changing speeds around a high ball screen, he should spend more possessions alternating the ball with Marcus Smart. If the two wore down opposing defenses by attacking the rim on a consistent basis, Oklahoma State could break this losing streak.
As for Baylor, they have some quality wins, have now swept Oklahoma State and have four of their last five games against West Virginia, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State. There’s a shot for them to play into the NCAA Tournament with wins over Kentucky and a trip to the Maui Invitational finals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden says he will retire on June 30.
USC President Max Nikias made the announcement Friday.
Haden has run the athletic department for 5 1/2 years, leading the Trojans through a multiyear stretch of NCAA sanctions against its vaunted football program. He created a large NCAA compliance program and improved graduation rates and grade point averages across the athletic department.
The former USC quarterback also received criticism for the football program’s relative underachievement and for his handling of coach Steve Sarkisian, who has sued the school over his termination last year.
Nikias says Haden’s department also raised over $400 million during his tenure.
Nikias says Haden will start a one-year job guiding the renovation of the Coliseum after he retires.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Columbia at Yale, 5:00 p.m.
The two best teams in the Ivy League, with matching 4-0 league records, meet for the first time this season. The Lions were close to suffering their first loss last weekend, but an Alex Rosenberg jumper as time expired gave the Lions the win at reigning champion Harvard. Rosenberg’s one of four players averaging at least 12.2 points per game for Kyle Smith’s team, with senior guard Maodo Lo leading the way at 15.8 per contest.
They’ll face a Yale rotation led offensively by point guard Makai Mason (15.7 ppg, 4.1 apg), and the front court tandem of Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod has been outstanding. The winner get a leg up in the Ivy race, with the rematch scheduled for March 5 in New York City (regular season finale).
THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Central Michigan at Akron, 8:00 p.m.
Two of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference meet at the JAR, as Akron looks to extend its win streak to six straight. The Zips’ balanced offensive attack has been led by forward Isaiah Johnson (12.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg), who currently leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. As for the visiting Chippewas, guards Braylon Rayson and Chris Fowler combine to average 32.7 points per game, with Fowler also responsible for a MAC-best 6.3 assists per contest. CMU’s had some struggles on the defensive glass in league play, ranking 11th in that category, but they’ve done a better job defensively than they did in non-conference play.
OTHER NOTABLE GAMES
- MAAC leader Monmouth is back in action, as they host a Fairfield team led by one of the conference’s best players in senior forward Marcus Gilbert. The Hawks have a deep lineup led by junior guard Justin Robinson, who at this point in time is the likely frontrunner for MAAC Player of the Year honors.
- Looking to catch Monmouth is Iona, which is a game behind the Hawks at 9-3. A.J. English and the Gaels visit Canisius in a matchup that should not lack for offense. Iona’s more inclined to run, but Canisius doesn’t lack scorers either with guard Malcolm McMillan leading four players averaging double figures.
- Given the fact that they’re 1-3 in Ivy League play, Harvard’s essentially in the spoiler role unless some chaos breaks out at the top end of the standings. The Crimson can help in that regard with a win at Princeton, with the Tigers (2-1) a game behind Columbia and Yale in the loss column. Princeton’s been the better offensive team this season, thanks in large part to junior forward Henry Caruso who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding.