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Heslip scores 20 as Baylor defeats Oklahoma State 76-70 to snap five-game losing streak

Baylor center Isaiah Austin (21) and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Baylor center Isaiah Austin (21) and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)  (The Associated Press)

Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help Baylor beat No. 8 Oklahoma State 76-70 on Saturday and end a five-game losing streak.

Rico Gathers scored 14 points, Gary Franklin scored all 11 of his points in the second half and Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (14-7, 2-6 Big 12), which greatly improved its fading NCAA tournament hopes. The Bears had scored fewer than 70 points in four straight games, but shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Cowboys 32-26.

Markel Brown scored 24 points and made 6 of 8 3-pointers, Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points for Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4), which lost to rival Oklahoma 88-76 on Monday night. Marcus Smart added 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Cowboys, but he made just 3 of 14 field goals.