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Baylor tops Oklahoma State, escapes upset big by Big 12 cellar dweller

Oklahoma State again pushed Baylor to the brink of an upset. But again, the Cowboys came up short.

After trailing by 15 in the second half in Waco, Texas, the Cowboys rallied to tie the game with 8:52 remaining. But OSU was unable to close despite showing huge grit.

No. 1-ranked Baylor escaped with a 78-70 victory over the Cowboys to extend its winning streak to 20 games.

The Cowboys (11-12, 1-9 Big 12) were coming off their first Big 12 victory on Wednesday. And that momentum nearly carried over against a Bears team (21-1, 10 Big 12) that has topped the USA TODAY Coaches poll for the past two weeks.

Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo (2) shoots a three-pointer against Oklahoma State defense during the second half.

But a review that went against Oklahoma State appeared to change things.

With 6:53 remaining, OSU graduate transfer Jonathan Laurent was called for a flagrant foul after a review on a rebound attempt. Baylor responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and a five-point lead turned into nine.

OSU had a chance to cut the deficit to two with 9.1 seconds remaining, but Isaac Likekele missed two free throws.

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