February 16, 2013

Oklahoma State beats OU in overtime 84-79

With 9:39 remaining in the game, the outlook was bleak for the Pokes.

They were down 56-52 to the Sooners, with 13,611 fans watching with an uneasy feeling in a sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena.

But Markel Brown had other plans.

On an inbounds pass, he rolled off the left side to get open for a wide open layup, then on the next possession he curled on a screen to hit a jumper from the elbow to tie it up.

When it was over, the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3) came out on top in overtime against the hated Sooners 84-79. Brown showed up in the moment, but the day was all about Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash.

The duo combined for 54 points, with Smart having 28 of them to go along with his 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Nash started slow in the first half before reeling off 23 points in the second half and overtime.
Let's get into it.

First place is where the Cowboys will stay after the win, tied with the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks visit Wednesday night.

Le'Bryan Nash went 6/11 on shooting from the paint. That's where he's best at, and he can arguably be the best player in the conference when he puts his head down and drives. He's incredible through contact, and today he put it all together. I said during the game that it was his best game as a Cowboy as far as fundamental basketball goes, and I think that held true until the end.

Oklahoma State's zone defense was solid to start the game today, but it didn't last long. It's usually the other way around for the Pokes, so that may be something to watch and figure out before the Jayhawks visit.

That's seven straight wins for OSU, which is the longest winning streak for the team since Travis Ford was hired.
Speaking of Ford, he's now 2-0 in the orange blazer since he began wearing it to remember Kurt Budke last season.

Everyone is talking about the court rush. If you want my opinion on it, I think they should be used sparingly, but I had no problem with it today. If you were in the building, you understand. This is the first time since 2008 that there was uncontrollable excitement about this basketball team, and that's something that will keep the students and fans coming back. Just don't ever do it against an unranked opponent again.

The Sooners shoot 31% from three-point range on the year. Against Oklahoma State, they're shooting 50%.

Brian Williams provided solid minutes yet again as he continues his comeback from that wrist injury. He was in there in crunch-time, and gave the Cowboys a different look to throw at the Sooners on the defensive end.

The Cowboys return to action on Wednesday against the Kansas Jayhawks at 8 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.


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