Cowboys Fall To Jayhawks, Sooners
1/13/14 OSU Cowboys @ Kansas Jayhawks
The rivalry between Kansas and Oklahoma State has become perhaps the most heated in the Big 12 over the past few years, picking up steam during a couple of fracases last season.
Nothing appeared to have changed Tuesday night.
Certainly not the fact that the teams combined for 71 fouls, creating a choppy affair that could have bled beyond 3 hours had the Cowboys managed to force overtime. Frank Mason III had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Jayhawks (14-2), who moved to 3-0 in league play for the ninth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points, getting to the foul line 12 times as the Jayhawks finished 32 of 46 on free throws.
Oklahoma State (12-4, 2-2) was still within 61-55 with 1:48 remaining, but Mason made two of his nine free throws and Devonte' Graham added two more moments later to put the game away. Le'Bryan Nash scored all but two of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Cowboys. Phil Forte scored all but two of his 18 points in the first half before hurting his right leg in the second, forcing the sharpshooting guard to spend long stretches on the bench.
After a physical first few minutes, Cliff Alexander was hit with the game's first technical foul after he dunked over Oklahoma State's Anthony Allen. Alexander flexed his biceps toward the scorer's table and the freshman was immediately given the foul.
Forte knocked down two of his nine first-half free throws to give Oklahoma State a 14-7 lead. The dunk seemed to energize the Jayhawks, though. Alexander made his own free throw to finish a three-point play, kicking off a 17-2 run over the next six-plus minutes. During that stretch, Nash bumped Oubre after a dead ball, and the Jayhawks' Jamari Traylor intervened, trigging a brief dust-up in front of the Kansas bench that had coaches from both teams dragging players away. Nash and Traylor both got technicals, making three in the first 8 minutes.
By the time the first half finally ended, the Jayhawks had emerged with a 32-28 advantage. The foul-fest continued in the second half, but the Jayhawks slowly stretched their lead to 55-44 midway through. And while the game threatened to devolve into a battle of attrition, Kansas -- despite its shorter bench -- held tight to its lead the rest of the way.
1/17/15 OSU Cowboys @ Oklahoma Sooners
Buddy Hield couldn't miss. Literally.
Oklahoma's junior guard scored 27 points on 10-for-10 shooting to help the 18th-ranked Sooners defeat No. 24 Oklahoma State 82-65 on Saturday night.
Hield also made 4 of 4 3-pointers. Jordan Woodard scored 13 points, Spangler had 11 points and 11 rebounds and TaShawn Thomas added 10 points for the Sooners (12-5, 3-2 Big 12), who snapped a two-game skid and got their third win over a ranked team in conference play.
Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte, the top two scorers in the Big 12, were held in check. Nash scored 15 points, but he made just 6 of 15 shots. Forte scored 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting. Leyton Hammonds scored 15 points and Anthony Hickey added 14 for the Cowboys, who lost their second straight.
Oklahoma State missed its first 15 3-pointers before finally making one with just over 11 minutes remaining. The Cowboys (12-5, 2-3) shot 37 percent overall.
Hield scored 18 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the first half to give the Sooners a 41-20 lead at the break. Ford said his team's effort in the first half was poor.
The game was never close in the second half, and the Sooners finished the game in style. Hield threw down a powerful putback jam, then Spangler dunked on Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins, the No. 2 shot blocker in the Big 12. Spangler made the free throw after Cobbins' foul to put Oklahoma up 78-59, prompting Oklahoma's fans to chant "Little Brother."
The Cowboys were looking to rebound after their loss to Kansas on Tuesday; instead, they left with their second-worst loss of the season.
1/21/15 Texas Tech Red Raiders @ OSU Cowboys
The Cowboys are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season as they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders Wednesday night to Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. Tip-off time is 8 pm Tuesday night, and you can catch the action, starting with Dave Hunsiker and the Cowboys Pre-Game at 7 o’clock on My107 and my1073fm.com.