Oklahoma State padded their NCAA resume Saturday with 83-81 overtime win over No. 12 Oklahoma Saturday.
That evened the season Bedlam series at one apiece.
OSU’s Jeffrey Carroll paced the Cowboys with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
OU freshman Trae Young scored 48 points but missed a last-second three that would have won the game. Young took 39 shots in the game – a Big 12 record.
OSU broke to an early lead in the game and looked like they would win easily but OU fought back and took a lead. A last-second shot by OSU put the game into overtime.
“An amazing effort by both teams,” said OSU coach Mike Boynton. “I certainly want to give credit to coach (Lon) Kruger and his squad for coming in here and making it a game where it looked like the old days here and it mattered. It was Bedlam in here today and our guys were up to the challenge and kept competing and kept fighting and kept finding ways to make plays when we needed them. Those were plays we weren’t making two weeks ago. To see our guys turn the page a little bit and make winning plays at the end of the game was pretty cool.”
OSU has now earned back-to-back home victories over Oklahoma for the first time since 2012 and 2013. OSU has taken three of the last four Bedlam games overall. The win is its biggest Bedlam upset since an unranked Oklahoma State squad took down No. 1 Oklahoma, 77-73, on Feb. 4, 1989 in Stillwater.
“Obviously O-State opened the game sharp,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “A lot of emotion and jumped out there. I thought our guys did a good job of hanging in there in the first half and then regrouping and doing what they needed to get back in the ball game in the second half. Again, tough battle right until the end. I thought they got back some missed shots late in regulation and in overtime that hurt us, we couldn’t get that rebound at critical times. Especially when we had the lead there a couple of times. But credit to O-State they did what they needed to do to win and we didn’t.”
Boynton said the OSU strategy was to try to contain keep all the OU players except Young from scoring in double figures.
“I’m racking my brain trying to figure this out,” Boynton said of Young’s 48 points. “But at the same time, we know that he is very capable of doing that. He has a lot of freedom in their system, he’s a phenomenal player and he can make a shot from anywhere. He got himself going there in the second half and put on a pretty good show for about six minutes, but no one else got in double figures. That was a big point of emphasis for us. Last time we played them, he got 27 (points) and 10 (assists) with other guys in double figures. That certainly makes it hard for you to beat them.
“We were trying to make it as hard on him as possible. He’s the focal point of their offense, you can’t deny that. The problem was that they got to the glass when we had so much attention on him to force tough shots. There were three possessions where they had five shots at it. You can’t do that and expect to be successful anywhere, let alone the competition we were facing.”
The slow start doomed Oklahoma.
OSU’s largest lead was 19 points, which is OU’s biggest deficit of the season. OU’s second largest deficit was 18 points at Kansas State.
“You got to start out the game better,” said Young, who leads the nation in scoring and assists. “That’s one thing. I know I’m going to get back and watch film and I’ll be able to tell you more about it but off the top of my head just being ready to go from the beginning and it starts with me. I didn’t bring the energy from the beginning. So, yeah, just do that and we’ll get better.”OSU played Texas Tech in Lubbock Tuesday night.
Oklahoma State will play at Arkansas at 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 and then host TCU at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
OU played Kansas in Norman Tuesday night.
Oklahoma will travel to play at Alabama at 1:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
The Sooners host Baylor in Norman at 8 p.m. Tuesday.