On paper, No. 8 Oklahoma State should have dominated Baylor. The Bears had lost five straight games, they had trouble even getting to the stadium, they were without their best player in Kenny Chery and Baylor hadn’t won a road Big 12 game this year.

That’s why you play the game.

Baylor entered this afternoon’s game 1-6 in Big 12 play with their only win coming against 0-8 TCU. For the first time all season, Chery didn’t start due to a foot injury. Gary Franklin took over and had his best game of the season against Marcus Smart, a projected lottery pick in the NBA draft.

Franklin finished with 11 points (three three-point shots, including the dagger with 45 seconds to put the Bears up by five points), five assists and three steals. Brady Heslip also finished with a season-high six threes finishing with 20 points.

The Bears dominated the glass behind the effort of Corey Jefferson and Rico Gathers. The two combined for 19 rebounds and 25 total points. Gathers also brought the house down with a massive dunk.

The Bears also won in part of the struggles of Marcus Smart and Phil Forte. Forte is like Heslip for the Cowboys. When he’s hitting threes, the team usually succeeds. Baylor’s length threw him off for the entire game. He finished 0-4 on three-point attempts and didn’t score a single point. Smart also struggled going 3-14 from the field and 0-7 from deep.