Oklahoma St. pulls a shocker
Sooners ousted; Kansas is upset
As James Anderson prepared to shoot what he said were the biggest free throws of his career, teammate Byron Eaton came up to him to try easing the tension.
"He told me I was Big Game James and that I don't miss free throws," Anderson said. "It was kind of funny."
Anderson and the Cowboys were able to laugh after he made both free throws with 2.3 seconds left to lift Oklahoma State to a 71-70 upset of No. 6 Oklahoma last night in a Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinal in Oklahoma City.
Eaton had 16 points and seven assists for Oklahoma State (22-10), which snapped a five-game losing streak against Oklahoma (27-5) and all but clinched an NCAA Tournament berth. The Cowboys will play No. 14 Missouri in the semifinals.
Blake Griffin had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Oklahoma, but was whistled for fouling Anderson as they tussled for a rebound after a missed shot by Eaton in the final seconds.
After Anderson's free throws, Griffin caught a long pass from Taylor Griffin, but missed a well-guarded 3-point attempt and Tony Crocker missed a follow shot. The clock didn't start until after Blake Griffin's shot, and officials used television replays to determine that time had expired.
The loss probably cost Oklahoma a chance at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
While Oklahoma and Oklahoma State regularly meet at neutral sites within the state in other sports, most notably baseball, it's a rare occurrence in basketball. Last night's game was only the third time in 215 meetings the Bedlam rivals had met in Oklahoma City, and the first time since 1942.
"I think any Bedlam game is going to be a great atmosphere," said Oklahoma State freshman guard Keiton Page, a native Oklahoman who scored 15 points. "Playing here at the Ford Center with the crowd split, that's the atmosphere everyone wants to play in."
Eaton broke a 68-68 tie by making one of two free throws with 29.8 seconds left. Crocker caught a lob from Willie Warren and scored with 14.2 seconds left to give the Sooners a 70-69 lead.
Eaton missed while trying to finish a drive, and Blake Griffin was called for a foul on the rebound on what Anderson called "a 50-50 ball."
"I went and I grabbed the ball," Griffin said. "They said I fouled James Anderson. There's not much you can do about that . . . It didn't go our way."
Anderson, the Cowboys' leading free throw shooter at 83.7 percent, made the first, tying the game, then endured an Oklahoma State timeout before making the second.
Big 12 - Lace Darius Dunn hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, leading a late surge as Baylor (19-13) rallied after blowing a 17-point lead to beat No. 11 Kansas (25-7), 71-64. It was the first time in the tournament's 13-year history that Kansas lost its opening game. "It's disappointing," Tyshawn Taylor (12 points) said. "We worked real hard to get here, and we let this one slip away from us." . . . Dexter Pittman dominated inside and finished with 19 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Texas (22-10) beat Kansas State (21-11), 61-58 . . . DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points and No. 14 Missouri (26-6) used two second-half spurts to avoid an upset, beating Texas Tech (14-19), 81-60.
Big Ten - Jamelle Cornley had 22 points and six rebounds, leading sixth-seeded Penn State (22-10) past Indiana (6-25) for a 66-51 victory in the first round in Indianapolis . . . DeShawn Sims scored 27 points, 2 shy of his career high, and Manny Harris added 18 points and seven rebounds as Michigan (20-12) routed Iowa (15-17), 73-45 . . . Lawrence Westbrook scored all 14 of his points in the second half, and Minnesota (22-9) defeated
Pac-10 - In Los Angeles, Jon Brockman scored 20 points, Isaiah Thomas sparked a decisive second-half spurt with 9 points, and No. 13 Washington (25-7) defeated Stanford (23-8), 85-73 . . . Conference Player of the Year James Harden had 27 points and eight rebounds, and No. 23 Arizona State (23-8) beat Arizona (19-13), 68-56 . . . Taj Gibson had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Daniel Hackett made four free throws in the last 3.8 seconds, and Southern Cal (19-12) never trailed in beating California (22-10), 79-75 . . . Darren Collison scored 15 points and No. 15 UCLA (26-7) beat Washington State (17-15), 64-53.
SEC - Jodie Meeks scored 25 points and Patrick Patterson had 15 points and 14 rebounds in Tampa to help Kentucky (20-12) stop a four-game losing streak with a 71-58 victory over Mississippi (16-15) . . . Kodi Augustus scored a career-high 19 points, Jarvis Varnado added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Mississippi State (20-12) beat Georgia (12-20), 79-60 . . . Alonzo Gee scored 25 points and Alabama (18-13) went 12 for 12 from the foul line in the final 1:03 to hold off Vanderbilt (19-12), 82-75 . . . Walter Hodge scored 16 points, Dan Werner added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Florida (23-9) beat Arkansas (14-16), 73-58.
Mountain West - Lorrenzo Wade had 20 points and 10 rebounds while making a series of key shots in a tense second half, and San Diego State (22-8) kept alive its NCAA hopes with a 71-57 victory over host UNLV (21-10) . . . Jimmer Fredette scored 21 points, Jonathan Tavernari had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 25 BYU (22-9) overcame a halftime deficit in a 80-69 victory over Air Force (10-21) . . . Lawrence Borha made a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.8 seconds left, and second-seeded Utah (22-9) survived a late collapse to beat TCU (14-17), 61-58 . . . Brian Ewing made four 3-pointers while scoring 20 points, and Wyoming (19-12) upset third-seeded New Mexico (21-11), 75-67.
C-USA - Ray Reese scored 22 points and Tulsa (23-9) got off to a quick start, defeating Rice (10-22), 73-51, in Memphis . . . Paul Delaney III scored on a layup with less than a second left to lead third-seeded Alabama-Birmingham (22-10) to a 74-73 overtime victory over 11th-seeded Southern Mississippi (15-17) . . . Shawn Taggart scored 19 points, and No. 4 Memphis (29-3) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 23 by holding off Tulane (14-17), 51-41 . . . Aubrey Coleman had 24 points and 12 rebounds as Houston (21-10) held on to defeat Texas-El Paso (19-12), 89-85, in overtime.