After trailing 6-25 to open the contest, the Oklahoma Sooners stormed back in the second half to take the lead. Holding a three point egde over the Oklahoma State Cowboys with seconds remaining in regulation, Kendall Smith launched an uncontested three point shot. Finding the bottom of the net, the game was sent into overtime. With the crowd behind them and momentum swinging in their favor, the Cowboys narrowly defeated the Sooners, 83-81.
Over the course of the game, Trae Young managed to score 48 points despite being held to 14 in the first half. Behind the ability to create for himself along with elite court vision, the freshman found a few cracks in the defense. Regardless of who Mike Boynton threw out as a defender down the stretch, Young had an answer. Sure, scoring 57% of the total points may be impressive but it failed to secure a win.
Putting up 39 attempts in Stillwater, the freshman remained well under 40% from the floor and 8-of-20 from behind the arc. Opponents continue to take away Young’s ability to pass putting pressure on others to carry a larger portion of the responsibility. It’s a tactic that seems to work as it has produced three wins for opponents.
No other teammate eclipsed the double-digit mark in scoring while OU finished with just 11 assists on the afternoon.
With the loss, the Oklahoma Sooners fall to 4-3 in conference play. It marks the second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent on the road in Big 12 play. Moving forward, the March Madness Selection Committee will have a hard time awarding Oklahoma a top seed.
On the other end of the equation, Smith and Jeffery Carroll delivered the first win over a top-ten opponent after several close calls. Playing with confidence, the Cowboys will continue to add to their NCAA Tournament resume in the toughest conference in the country.
Toward the end of both halves, Smith connected on timely shots. Finishing the outing with 20 points, the senior provided a spark off the bench. In total, the OSU bench produced 28 points to their in-state rival’s seven. Clearly the edge went to O-State in this category and is a large reason why the home team came away victorious.
Up next, Oklahoma faces the Kansas Jayhawks hoping to avoid a three game skid.
Oklahoma State has a tilt on the road against another ranked foe in Texas Tech.