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March 14, 2013

Oklahoma State survives first round of Big 12 tournament

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —

Forte finished with 14 points, Markel Brown added 11 and Michael Cobbins 10 for the Cowboys, while A.J. Walton had 13 points and Cory Jefferson 10 for the Bears.

Baylor won the first meeting between the two schools in January, and Brown's lay-in with less than a second left gave the Cowboys an overtime victory in February in Stillwater, Okla.

The rubber game wasn't much of a game at all in the first half.

Oklahoma State crept out to a 13-8 lead in the opening minutes, and then went on a 15-3 run to take control. Just about everybody got into the act — Brown hit a 3-pointer, Brian Williams had his only bucket of the half, and Forte poured in a 3 of his own from the wing.

Three times during the run, Baylor coach Scott Drew called a timeout trying to stop it.

The Bears were just 4 of 21 from the field before Rico Gathers' field goal with 6:36 left in the half ended Oklahoma State's run. But the guys wearing the special edition, neon green uniforms from Adidas couldn't put together a surge of their own to get back into the game.

The Cowboys wound up leading 42-24 at halftime.

Jackson, the Big 12's top scorer, was just 2 of 11 from the field and 0 for 7 from beyond the arc in the first half. Brady Heslip and Isaiah Austin combined to go 0 for 9, and the Bears missed all 13 of their 3-point tries while committing seven turnovers with a single assist.

Jackson finally hit Baylor's first 3-pointer immediately out of the break, and the Bears started to slowly cut into what had been a 20-point deficit. Jackson's driving layup and free throw to convert a three-point play made it 47-39 with 12:38 left in the game.

It was the closest the Bears had been since 17-9 with 11:57 left in the first half.

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