Sooners sneak by Cowboys in thriller
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Terrell Everett hit two free throws with 0.6
seconds remaining, as 19th-ranked Oklahoma won its fourth straight game, all
by one point, this time squeaking past Oklahoma State, 67-66.
Taj Gray had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Everett ended with 13 points
for the Sooners (20-6, 11-4 Big 12), who also got 14 points from Kevin
Bookout. Nate Carter tallied 12 points.
Mario Boggan had 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Cowboys (15-14, 5-10),
who have lost five of seven. Byron Eaton added 11 points, but made a crucial
mistake in the waning moments. JamesOn Curry ended with 10 points.
The Sooners beat Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State all by a point in their
previous contests, and Monday night’s game, known as the Bedlam Series,
provided for extra dramatics, on a night when Oklahoma honored its seniors,
“It was a crazy game, that’s why they call it Bedlam,” Oklahoma head coach
Kelvin Sampson said. “We missed a lot of free throws and had opportunities.
Both teams deserved to win this game. We had adversity at every turn and
played to win.”
Bookout’s dunk off a long pass with 8.8 seconds left gave the Sooners a 65-64
lead. Bookout was fouled by Curry, but missed the ensuing free throw. Carter
tapped the ball toward midcourt for Oklahoma, but the ball went right to the
Cowboys’ Jamaal Brown, who was fouled by Michael Neal on a layup try.
Brown made both attempts with 4.7 seconds left. Then, without a timeout
remaining, Everett received the inbounds pass and dribbled three times near
the left sideline before running into first-year guard Eaton near midcourt.
Cowboys head coach Sean Sutton fell to the floor in disbelief as the foul was
“I was standing pretty close, but it’s not going to change anything,” Sutton
said. “I told them regardless of how you feel right now, there’s nothing that
I could say or anybody could say that is going to change the outcome. Just
know that you made a lot of people proud tonight with your effort.”
After Everett sank both foul shots, Neal stole the inbounds pass, sending the
crowd at the Lloyd Noble Center into a frenzy.
Oklahoma trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and was behind
57-48. However, the Sooners scored the next eight points.
“We were trying to get as many stops as we could and force as many turnovers
as possible,” Everett said. “Nate Carter played really tough for us. He forced
a couple of big turnovers for us.”
The Cowboys led 31-30 at the half.
OU won the earlier meeting this season with Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
73-65…Oklahoma shot 50 percent from the field, while the Cowboys shot 51.9