Phil Forte III hit a three-point shot with 11 seconds left and Oklahoma State (14-8, 3-6 Big 12) edged Oklahoma 68-66 Monday night in Norman.
The Bedlam win snapped a 12-game losing streak for the Cowboys in Norman. It was the first win in Norman for OSU since 2004.
Jawun Evans paced OSU with 24 points. Evans got to the free throw line 16 times, making 11.
“It’s just who Jawun is,” said OSU coach Brad Underwood. “Jawun and ball screens are just a really tough guard and we lean on him so much at times to do that. He made some great passes tonight that (Mitchell) Solomon usually finishes. You kind of have to pick your poison with Jawun on how you want to guard him. He’s so crafty that he can attack almost anything you throw at him. He had a tough shooting night but that’s a little deceptive when you get to the free throw line 16 times. Unfortunately he missed a few that he normally doesn’t miss.”
Freshman guard Kameron McGusty led the Sooners (8-13, 2-7 Big 12) with a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
“It was a tough finish again I guess,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “I thought we did a good job in the second half closing the margin. Their guys fought back proving that they should win. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to make. Down the stretch, OSU did. They got a steal and made shots. We have to grow through it. We have to keep at it. We just need to have more grit to get into the win column.”