Oklahoma St. 79, Baylor 76
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—Mario Boggan scored 25 points, David Monds added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma State mounted its biggest comeback of the season to beat Baylor 79-76 on Saturday.
Despite his absence, Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton picked up his 1,000th overall win, counting 84 at the junior-college level and 119 at a Tulsa high school. He ranks fifth among college coaches with 797 wins in his 36-year career at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
Combining wins at the high school, junior college, professional and college basketball ranks, only 17 coaches have reached the 1,000-win mark. Besides Sutton, Arizona’s Lute Olson is the only coach with at least 15 years at the NCAA level to reach the mark.
Sutton took a medical leave of absence following a Feb. 10 accident that resulted in charges of aggravated drunk driving, speeding and crossing the center line. After recovering from back surgery, Sutton has said he plans to check into an alcohol rehabilitation center.
Oklahoma State has opted to have the team’s wins count toward his record while his son, Sean Sutton, fills in.
Freshman Byron Eaton put the Cowboys ahead to stay with a driving layup with 3:03 to play. He converted the ensuing free throw for a three-point play, and JamesOn Curry added a jumper and two free throws for a 71-65 Oklahoma State lead.
Aaron Bruce, the Bears’ leading scorer, made a driving layup to get Baylor within four but then fouled out with 1:12 to play. The Bears got within 75-72 on Tommy Swanson’s 3-pointer with 27 seconds left, but the Cowboys were 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch. The Bears nearly stole an inbounds pass to get one last chance at a tie but the ball deflected out of bounds off Baylor’s Patrick Fields with 0.2 seconds left.
Curtis Jerrells scored 21 to lead Baylor (4-12, 4-12), which also got 14 from Bruce, 13 from Swanson and 11 from Fields. The Bears have lost 17 straight Big 12 road games.
Terrel Harris added 12 points and Eaton scored 11 for Oklahoma State.
Before rallying from an 11-point first-half deficit against the Bears, the largest deficit the Cowboys had recovered this season from was a nine-point margin against Kansas State. They also hadn’t won any of the eight previous games when they trailed at halftime.
Monds and Jamaal Brown each scored six points during a 12-2 run for Oklahoma State to start the second half. Monds’ right-handed hook shot gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 43-42 with 15:26 to play.
Jerrells responded with a driving layup at the other end to put Baylor back ahead, but Oklahoma State reeled off another seven points in a row to go up 50-44 on Harris’ two free throws with 12:36 remaining.
Baylor rallied to tie it at 51 on Henry Dugat’s 3-pointer from the left corner, and the teams then swapped the lead five times in quick succession with the Bears emerging with a 62-58 lead following back-to-back baskets by Tommy Swanson and Kevin Rogers. Harris took advantage of a Mario Boggan steal and raced downcourt for a right-handed dunk to tie the game at 64.
After a Fields free throw, Eaton drove the lane to put the Cowboys ahead to stay.