Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

February 21, 2013

Nail-biting Finish

No. 9 Kansas clips No. 14 Cowboys in 2 OT

STILLWATER — There was no season sweep of Kansas, and the road to a Big 12 Conference championship will be uphill from here following Oklahoma State’s 68-67 double overtime loss to the Jayhawks.

In front of a rowdy sold out crowd in Gallagher-Iba Arena the Cowboys and Kansas clashed in an epic battle that included 23 lead changes, 16 ties and no team led by more than five points. But in the end, OSU couldn’t prevent KU from scoring its one and only field goal in the extra frames — a seven-foot jump shot by Naadir Tharpe with 16 seconds left in the second overtime for the game-winner.

“It was a very hard-fought game and just give Kansas credit,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “But I was proud of our kids. I thought they played really, really hard. ... I thought you saw two good teams playing. We’ve got a lot of respect for Kansas, but it’s close.”

It was the second straight overtime game for Oklahoma State — third straight in Gallagher-Iba Arena, and fourth overtime game the Cowboys have been a part of this season, but the first overtime loss. In the second overtime, the Cowboys were without several key cogs in the lineup with forward Michael Cobbins fouling out with 3:15 remaining in the period and freshman point guard Marcus Smart following him to the bench less than a minute later.

“(It hurt us more) offensively because Marcus can create a little bit and our team is so used to having the ball in his hands,” Ford said. “It was definitely (a factor) offensively, because Michael can also score some points, get some nice putbacks at the rim and things like that.”

Smart couldn’t quite put together the type of game fans have become accustomed to seeing from the freshman phenom from Flower Mound, Texas. Smart scored 16 points, but was just 2 for 14 from the field — getting most of his points at the free throw line, going 11 for 14 — and had just one assist with two steals and two turnovers.

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NAIA WBB: Oklahoma City to face Texas in exhibition

    Defending national champion Oklahoma City University will meet Texas for the first time in women's basketball in an exhibition Nov. 9 at the Erwin Center.

    July 23, 2014

  • OCU softball coaches earn regional honors

    Oklahoma City University softball coach Phil McSpadden and his assistant coaches have garnered NAIA Southwest Region coaching staff of the year for the third consecutive year from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

    July 23, 2014

  • Coshow earns first pro baseball win for Yankees' Class A team

    Former Oklahoma Christian standout Cale Coshow recorded his first professional baseball win on Sunday during a relief appearance for the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

    July 23, 2014

  • JUCO pitcher Walker signs to play baseball for Oklahoma Christian

    Brennan Walker, a standout pitcher the past two years at Butler (Kan.) Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Monday.

    July 23, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: UCO adds Smelser to coaching staff

    Central Oklahoma football coach Nick Bobeck announced Wednesday that Jason Smelser had joined the staff as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

    July 23, 2014

  • Oologah's Cantwell among UCO baseball signees

    Central Oklahoma baseball coach Dax Leone has followed up a highly-successful 2014 campaign with a banner recruiting haul, adding 14 players to the roster.

    July 23, 2014

  • BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS: Wickline making immediate impact on Texas

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 23, 2014

  • MLB: Rays rough up Wainwright, roll past Cardinals, 7-2

    For a brief second, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi could swear he was at Tropicana Field.

    Odorizzi, pitching 33 miles from his hometown of Highland, Illinois, allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014