NORMAN — Oklahoma State will have to wait another year to end its losing streak in Norman.
The Cowboys, who haven’t beaten their Bedlam rivals on the road since 2004, dropped another game to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Lloyd Noble Center, 77-68.
Oklahoma State has won just one Big 12 road game in the past three seasons — the only victory coming last season at Texas Tech — as the Cowboys are now 0-2 in Big 12 road games this year.
“There’s some kind of spell on us or something that we’ve got to get over,” OSU junior Markel Brown said. “We’ve got to find a way to get good road wins in the Big 12. These types of games can help you or can hurt you for the tournament.”
Much like the past few seasons for OSU in Norman, the Cowboys (11-4, 1-2 in Big 12) were unable to overcome a slow shooting performance early. Oklahoma State found itself down by as much as 14 in the first half and was trailing its Bedlam rivals 38-29 at the break.
“They came out and set the tone for the game and we didn’t respond,” said Brown, who scored a game-high 19 points. “They came out, put pressure on us, played way harder than us and it effected the game.”
The only thing keeping the Cowboys in contention early was the play of freshman guard Phil Forte, who led all scorers with 10 points in the first half to finish with 12 points in his first Bedlam game.
“We needed his shots to go in and he’s a guy that we count on to make those shots,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “... We made some 3’s to stay in the game in the first half when they were stretching it out a little bit. … I think it gives you a lot, psychologically, to see a shot like that up in the air and it’s going in and he made some big ones.”