Sooners Survive Cowboys Scare to Take Round One of Bedlam
Oklahoma’s second-ranked men’s basketball team held off a late Oklahoma State rally to beat the Cowboys 74-72 in the first Bedlam game of the season on Wednesday night, January 13 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
Jeffrey Carroll missed a 3-pointer off the glass at the buzzer that would have won the game for OSU, who never led in the game.
Buddy Hield led OU with 26 points, hitting six three-pointers to break Terry Evans’ Sooner career record of 259.
OSU was led by freshman Juwan Evans, who poured in 42 points, the third most in a game in Cowboys history, and the most ever in a Big 12 game by a Cowboy.
Oklahoma went on an 18-3 run in the first half to seemingly take control of the game, and led by 12 at halftime, 43-31.
Oklahoma State stayed within striking distance though, cutting OU’s lead to four at 49-45.
Oklahoma responded with a 7-0 run to build the lead back to double digits.
When Hield hit his last three-pointer to put the Sooners up 69-60, it appeared Oklahoma had sealed the win.
OSU responded with a 12-5 run to end the game, with Evans scoring four baskets and 11 of the 12 points.
With just 8-tenths of a second on the clock, the Cowboys trailed by two and had a chance to win it, but Carroll’s three banked off no good and the Sooners had survived for their sixth straight Bedlam win and eighth in the last nine games.
OU had to overcome 19 turnovers to get the win, 10 of those by Hield.
Jordan Woodard had 17 points for the Sooners and hit three 3-pointers, while Isaiah Cousins had 12 points.
Oklahoma hit 12 three-pointers as a team.
Evans was 18 of 31 from the field for OSU and only one other Cowboy was in double figure scoring as Chris Olivier had 12.
The Sooners’ Bedlam winning streak is the longest in the series by either team since OU won 10 in a row from 1982 to 1986.
OU improved to 14-1 on the season, 3-1 in Big 12 play.
OSU drops to 9-7, 1-3 in conference play.
The Sooners next host West Virginia Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 pm, while the Cowboys visit Texas that day for a 5:00 tipoff in Austin.