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February 7, 2013

Pokes win in OT

STILLWATER — As Markel Brown steamed down the court in the final seconds of overtime, he looked at the clock once, then twice, and decided to try to get to the rim.

He did, just in time for Oklahoma State.

Brown’s lay-in with two-tenths of a second left — which followed a blocked shot at the other end by teammate Michael Cobbins — lifted No. 22 Oklahoma State to a 69-67 win over Baylor on Wednesday night and extended the Cowboys’ winning streak to four games.

Marcus Smart scored 14 points, albeit on 4-of-21 shooting, and Brown added 13 for Oklahoma State (16-5, 6-3 Big 12 Conference), which blew a 14-point lead in the final 7:40 of regulation and twice trailed by three points in overtime. The Cowboys found a way to win despite shooting 36.1 percent from the field (26 of 72) and 14.3 percent from 3-point range (3 of 21).

“It was just a very gutsy performance by our guys,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “I thought they hung in there. We’ve figured out some crazy ways to win games lately.”

Crazy would be an apt word to describe the game’s frantic final moments. Baylor (14-8, 5-4) had a chance to win, but Cobbins blocked a shot attempt by A.J. Walton under the basket with about six seconds left.

“I figured we had come too far to just give up a layup right there at the end,” Cobbins said. “I just went up and tried to get it and thank God I got it.”

The ball found its way to Brown, who raced to the other end.

“I was just trying to beat the clock, as fast as I can,” Brown said.

Ford said Brown — who went 4-of-17 from the field — made the right play.

“I was hoping he would get to the rim, because so many players pull up,” Ford said. “So many players don’t think they have enough time. But you’ve got more time than you think you do.”

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