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OSU basketball: Cowboys' upset bid of No. 1 Baylor falls short

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton clapped for each official — and not in a positive way.

With 9.1 seconds remaining, Boynton had more than enough. Choice words accompanied the clapping.

He let each one know how he felt as he walked across the court for his exit Saturday night in Waco, Texas. Back-to-back technical fouls ended his day with a flurry.

Boynton slapped Baylor guard MaCio Teague’s butt at the foul line. Boynton shook the hand of each Baylor coach before leaving the court. But this didn’t cover up the emotions he had following a second near-upset of Baylor.

On a day the Cowboys showed huge grit, they again fell short against the No. 1-ranked Bears in a 78-70 loss despite rallying from a 15-point and three players fouling out.

“Obviously, I was really frustrated there,” Boynton said on the radio. “I just felt like our kids deserved better. It’s my job to make sure that I’m supporting them as much as I can. I regret that I got kicked out.

“Obviously, that’s never part of the plan for me, it’s not my personality but at some point you gotta stand up for your guys and show them you’re going to fight with them. As hard as they fought, they deserved the most they can get from their coach.”

The Cowboys (11-12, 1-9 Big 12) had their chances.

Baylor (21-1, 10-0) led by 15 just 70 seconds into the second half. OSU had rallied to within three in the first half, only to go scoreless for the final 2:49 of the half.

And when it appeared that Baylor was ready to pull away in the second half, OSU responded.with a 23-10 run, tying the game at 51 on a powerful two-handed dunk by senior Cam McGriff.

Baylor’s Davion Mitchell followed with a three-point play to regain the lead for good. OSU was within two with 35 seconds remaining, but Baylor closed the game making eight free shots and limiting OSU to a field goal in the final seconds.

The Bears closed the game making a total of 11 free shots and no field goals in the final 3:49. When Boynton received the first technical foul, OSU trailed by four. After Teague, who finished with 24 points, made the first, Boynton received another technical foul for the ejection.

Baylor made the next five free throws to seal its 20th straight win.

“We had an opportunity on the road against the No. 1 to get the job done and we didn’t make enough winning plays late to close it,” Boynton said. “For that, I'm disappointed. I am proud of the way we fought.”

The Cowboys were frustrated all day with officiating. Four players — Yor Anei, Kalib Boone, Jonathan Laurent and McGriff — fouled out. A total of 31 fouls were assessed to the Cowboys, 11 more than Baylor.

OSU still tried to push through, even when all four players were forced to the bench early in the first half after picking up at least two fouls.

Isaac Likekele recorded his second straight double-double, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists. Lindy Waters III — playing with a mask after suffering a fracture near his sinus area — led the way with 16 points off the bench.

But Boynton reminded his team there are no moral victories. There is a quick turnaround to Tuesday, when OSU plays at Kansas State.

“Our guys are playing like they believe they can have success,” Boynton said. “The last part is you gotta go make the plays, you gotta go be decisive out there and not worry about the outcome as it might go wrong.

“But we’re playing really hard, the kids are showing up with really good attitudes and that’s going to give us a chance to finish this season really strong.”

Related Photos
Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff, right, heads upcourt past Baylor guard Mark Vital, left, after a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff, right, heads upcourt past Baylor guard Mark Vital, left, after a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

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