Kansas Ousts Cowboys in Overtime
Oklahoma State made a great comeback after a difficult opening half, but fell short to Kansas 77-70 in overtime in their quarterfinal game at the Big 12 men’s basketball championship in Kansas City. After trailing 32-23 at halftime, the Cowboys attacked the basket in the second half to set-up a thrilling finish. With Kansas leading 57-49, Markel Brown hit a floater from the wing, Phil Forte stole the in-bounds and drilled a “3″ point shot and Marcus Smart followed that up with a lay-up after a defensive stop and OSU was within a point 57-56 with 6:33 left to play.
The game went back-and-forth from there. OSU simply couldn’t stop Kansas phenomenal freshman Andrew Wiggins, who led all scorers with 30 points but the balance of the Cowboys scorers became evident as OSU kept it close all the way to the end. Kansas Tarik Black hit a follow shot at the buzzer, but it was ruled too late – and the game went into overtime, tied at 67.
In the extra period, the Cowboys struggled, especially handling the basketball. Some crucial turnovers plus some crucial missed shots helped Kansas grab a 73-70 lead with under 2-minutes left. Then Smart, LeBryan Nash and Forte all missed in the waning seconds as Kansas won it to advance to Friday’s semifinal round against Iowa State.
Nash led OSU with 19 points, Forte added 16, Smart chipped in with 14 and Brown scored 12…but Smart and Brown combined to hit just 9-27 shots from the floor. The Cowboys were outrebounded 46-30 and only had 5 turnovers in the entire game, but most of those mistakes came in the OT.
The Cowboys finish this part of their schedule with a 21-12 record and await Sunday’s NCAA Tournament “Selection Show” hoping to hear their name called to be included in the 68-team field.