Oklahoma State proved that No. 7 Kansas is not unbeatable as the Cowboys upset the Jayhawks 84-79.
This was the first Cowboy win in Allen Fieldhouse since 2013. The OSU record at Kansas is 12-61.
Kendall Smith pumped in 24 points for the Cowboys and his free throws in the final seconds sealed the deal.
“This is the toughest environment you could play in, in college basketball,” said OSU’s Kendall Smith. “We had a full team effort tonight. We talked about how everyone who came, gave us something. We came with the right energy and the right mindset today.”
Smith knew he would make those clutch free throws.
“I just give all glory to God. I’m confident in the abilities he gave me, I put in the work, so it’s all about standing out there and do what I do every day, just making free throws.”
The win points to an upward surge for OSU, who have three wins over ranked opponents this season.
“I thought it was a great college basketball game,” said OSU coach Mike Boynton, Jr. “It was a terrific Saturday in the Big 12 (Conference). We’ve been in a lot of these games and have been really competitive. Obviously coming into a place like this, considering what we’ve been through in the last week and a half, losing some guys, we’re still without a starter, I’m really proud of my kids for showing the type of fight and competitive spirit they did today for 40 minutes. I’ve got a locker room of guys who always respond.”
Cameron McGriff entered the starting five in Lawrence and responded with a career high. He set a career high in points scored with 20. His previous high was 16 points at Baylor.
Lindy Waters III has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last four games, which is a career high for the sophomore.
The Cowboys scored 46 points in the first half, which ties their highest scoring first half in Big 12 play.
The Cowboys were active on the glass in the first half with 13 offensive rebounds. OSU out rebounded Kansas 41-28 and is 10-2 when out-rebounding its opponent.
They [OSU] always play great,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, an OSU alumnus. “We obviously weren’t very alert and we were really slow, especially early on in the first half, but they were much quicker. They definitely whipped us on the glass, individually and as a unit. We didn’t do very many good things at all.”
The Big 12 is the most competitive league in the nation.
“This league is a monster when we talk about competitive teams,” Self said. “The crowd was great today, so we just didn’t do enough to keep them as involved as we could have…”
Kansas, who was tied for first in the Big 12 with Texas Tech, has lost three home games this season – a rare event for the Jayhawks.
“It is very frustrating,” said KU’s Davonte Graham. “You are supposed to win your home games and it is supposed to be really tough on the road. We have it flip-flopped this year. We are way better on the road this year than when we play at home. We need to find a way to come out and crush teams like they (Oklahoma State) came out and put their foot on our throat today.”
OSU hosted Baylor Tuesday night and will travel to West Virginia for an 11 a.m. match with the Mountaineers (on ESPN).