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Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III help No. 6 Baylor overcome Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Quincy Acy kept working, even when a 95
percent foul shooter went to the line late in the game.

Acy had 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds, providing the
go-ahead basket and a key offensive rebound down the stretch in No.
6 Baylor's 64-60 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Perry Jones III added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Pierre Jackson also scored 16 as the Bears (20-2, 8-2 Big 12) got their
first win at Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2003, snapping an eight-game
losing streak.

"It feels good. Every time we have left, we left with a loss,"
Acy said. "It feels good to finally get one up here and it feels
good to get one for coach (Scott) Drew."

The Cowboys (11-12, 4-6) rallied from a nine-point deficit to
take a 57-56 lead on Keiton Page's wide-open 3-pointer from the
right wing with 1:42 to play. It would be their only lead of the
game.

After a timeout, Acy answered at the other end with a layup set
up by Jackson's drive.

"They've got so many offensive weapons," Oklahoma State coach
Travis Ford said. "We took a one-point lead and they just came
right back down and scored. Poof! And we knew what they were going
to do.

"They called timeout and I told them exactly what was going to
happen. One hundred percent, they did exactly what we said they
were going to do and our guys tried everything they could to stop
it."

Ford told his players to be prepared for Jackson to get a ball
screen and either shoot, drive or pass the ball. He'd seen it in
enough of Baylor's close games already this season.

When Le'Bryan Nash rotated over to stop the drive, Jackson found
Acy open under the basket.

"That was real big, to get the crowd back out of it because
they got pretty loud. It was just a heads-up play by Pierre," Acy
said.

"Everybody knows he's the guy who's looking to take the big
shot now. It says a lot about him for just reading the defense and
dishing to the open person."

Heslip followed with four straight free throws before a rare
miss -- just his second in 25 tries this season -- with the Bears
leading 62-60 with 6.9 seconds left.

Acy bounded along the left baseline to get the rebound, setting
up Anthony Jones' foul shots that closed it out with 2.8 seconds
left.

"That's a tribute to a good rebounder is always rebounding,"
Drew said. "He could have said, 'Brady missed one free throw all
year. I'm going to take this one easy.' He didn't, and that's what
the great rebounders do."

"I always assume a miss," Acy said. "You just never know what
happens."

Brian Williams scored a career-high 23 points and Page added 15
for Oklahoma State, which was bidding to win back-to-back home
games against top-10 opponents. The Cowboys pulled off the feat
back in February 1992, the only other time they had hosted
consecutive games against teams ranked that high.

This one might have been even more impressive than a 79-72 win
over then-No. 2 Missouri last week. Since then, starting center
Philip Jurick has gone down with an injured foot and point guard
Cezar Guerrero was suspended for violating team rules.

The Cowboys already lost starter Jean-Paul Olukemi to a
season-ending knee injury and two other point guards, Fred Gulley
and Reger Dowell, left the team earlier this season.

Starters Markel Brown and Nash also missed the end of the first
half after picking up three fouls. That left only five players who
had logged even one minute of playing time in college.

"We couldn't have played any harder. Our guys left it on the
court. We could have made so many excuses for this game but our
guys laid it on the line," Ford said.

"I wouldn't say we played particularly well but we played
particularly hard. Once we got the one-point lead we never really
made another play. We never really came up with a big rebound, a
big stop or hit a big shot."

Page missed a 3 from the left wing after Acy's go-ahead bucket.
He also failed in his attempt to draw a foul when Quincy Miller
leaped into the air on his pump fake with the Cowboys down three.

"Every road game is a war, and you have to fight for it," Acy
said. "Teams play better at home and they showed that. We just
fought and persevered."

Baylor got out to a 17-6 lead in the opening 10 minutes but
never could pull away.

Oklahoma State scored 10 of the first 12 points after halftime
to tie it at 39 when Nash went weaving through the lane for a
layup. Nash was whistled for his fourth foul on Baylor's next
possession, and Baylor scored the next nine points to go up 48-39
when Jackson swished a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10:20
left.

It still took a strong finish for the Bears to move to 7-1 this
season in games decided by five or less -- including five wins away
from home.

"I would like to not be in this situation anymore," Jackson
said. "But if we get here again, I'm pretty confident in my
team."