What a ride. As Allan Ray once said, “The real good teams and the real great teams find a way to win.”
That’s exactly what Oklahoma State has done. Despite only leading for a handful of minutes in the game, the Cowboys roared back to erase a double digit deficit and defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 96-92. I think it’s safe to say nobody expected this type of a barn burner out of the two teams.
In fact, it seemed the Cowboys were going to dig themselves a grave they couldn’t get out of, as they were down by nine points at the half. In fact, the Cowboys only led for 7:01 in the entire game. The Cowboys were down by as many as 14 points in the first half, and had at least myself wondering how a loss here would hurt our chances of getting into the coveted NCAA Tournament.
OU just seemingly COULD NOT MISS. Stepback after stepback went in, and it seemed like every time the Cowboys would be on the verge of going on a run, OU hit a shot to restore the lead to what it was.
With eight minutes and change, the Cowboys found themselves down 13 points, but Underwood refused to throw in the towel and give up. The Cowboys went on a tear in the last eight minutes, hitting eight of their last 11 shots, while OU only hit three of their final 10. The Sooners shot well from the field all night, but something eventually had to give, right? Thank God it did. Up until the cold streak, OU was shooting 61% on the night. Tough to win when an opponent shoots like that. But good teams find a way...
Brad Underwood’s squad closed the game on an 11-2 run to claim the Bedlam trophy.
Got some new hardware for Heritage Hall tonight #trophies pic.twitter.com/tECph8YBX1— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 19, 2017
Jawun Evans was the marshal tonight, dropping 27 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing nine assists. He picked OU’s pocket four times, while only turning the ball over a single time.
If Evans was the marshal, Phil Forte and Jeffrey Carroll were the sheriffs. Carroll had 23 points, five rebounds and two steals before fouling out on what we will call a questionable call.
Forte had 22 points, two assists, two steals and a rebound. He and Carroll both shot 4-9 from behind the arc en route to the Cowboys win.
Rashard Odomes notched a double-double tonight for the Sooners, dropping 29 points and securing 10 rebounds. He also had three assists and three steals in 34 minutes for the visitors.
Once again, I need to give props to the fans again tonight. You were all great (except the few of you rooting for OU) and the team loves it.
"We wouldn't with this game tonight without this crowd, this student section. The rowdy was back tonight." -- Coach Underwood #OKState— Mike (@StuffMikeDoes) February 19, 2017
For years @GottliebShow told me how loud GIA is. Experienced it firsthand tonight. Bedlam was awesome @OSUMBB @OU_MBBall ears still ringing— Miles Simon (@milessimon) February 19, 2017
Thank you for staying throughout the game. Last year, people would have given up at halftime. It makes a HUGE difference when everyone stays and it is crazy loud in GIA.
This is awesome.
People up to the 300s stay for the alma mater. #goosebumps #okstate pic.twitter.com/AYPJWkUpw8— Marshall Scott (@Marshall_Once) February 19, 2017
With the win, the Cowboys move to 18-9 on the season and 7-7 in the Big 12. That’s right. After the putrid 0-6 start to conference play, the Cowboys are back to .500 in the toughest basketball conference in America.
Up next, the Pokes will travel to the Little Apple to take on a tough Kansas State team. Tipoff from Bramlage Coliseum is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
Enjoy this sweep, Cowboy fans. I leave you with this.
What do you say after you sweep #Bedlam for the 1st time since 2004? Take a look for yourself. #okstate pic.twitter.com/zG1XnAaZ3i— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 19, 2017