OSU Hoops Notes: Cowboys oust No. 2 Tigers

Sure, Gallagher-Iba isn't what it has been the past few years but wins still don't come easy for visiting teams. With OSU's thrilling 79-72 victory against No. 2 Missouri on Wednesday night, OSU is now 5-1 against Top 5 teams since 2003.

The other wins came in 2010 when the Cowboys beat No. 1 Kansas 85-77, No. 5 Kansas 61-60 in 2008, No. 5 Oklahoma 48-46 in 2003 and No. 4 Texas 82-77 in '03.

The lone loss came in 2009 when No. 5 OU won 89-81 in Stillwater.

Markel gets love on Sportscenter

Markel Brown's tandem of nasty dunks received co-No. 1 honors on ESPN's Top 10 plays on Sportscenter Wednesday night. The first was one of his better dunks in recent memory on the game's opening play but the second, well, the second was just filthy. I'm pretty sure on the second one he came close to giving me a high five in the 300 section. (Highlights attached on the premium board)

Brian Williams stands out on both ends

Lost a little bit in the Le'Bryan Nash coming out party and the upset win was the play of Brian Williams. The redshirt freshman was exceptional against the Tigers, scoring 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting and doing some major damage at the line. Williams shot 12 of OSU's 14 free throws on the night and was consistently the Cowboys' most aggressive player on the offensive end.

Williams offense was a difference maker in the game but his defense might have had an even bigger impact. Williams was tasked with guarding all-everything senior Marcus Denmon and did a phenomenal job. Sure, Denmon essentially hit his season average of 17.6 points on the head with 17 against the Cowboys but the lack of efficiency speaks best to what Williams was able to accomplish.

Denmon's 17 points came on 4-of-16 shooting and just 2-of-8 from 3. On the season he is nearly 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3. It was fantastic game for Williams in every way but defense stood out the most to coach Travis Ford.

"Brian takes pride in that. We were talking about it the other day. I told him, ‘Brian, you have a chance to be one of the best defenders in this league,' and he said, ‘That's what I want.' When you get that and you start to take pride in that it's amazing how it works. When you focus on playing hard and playing defense it's amazing how much better it makes your offense."

Williams' alley-oop slam in the final minute to basically ice it was a fitting end and a nice reward.

Five Quick Hits

1) OSU has won six-straight games in Gallagher-Iba against Missouri when the Tigers have been ranked in the Top 25.

2) Keiton Page moved past Obi Muonelo and Bob Mattick into 14th place on the all-time OSU career scoring list. Page's 12 points against Mizzou gives him 1,385 points in his career.

3) OSU is now 8-12 all time against teams ranked in the Top 2 nationally. That is impressive.

4) Oklahoma State outrebounded Missouri 32-31. That cannot go overlooked as a reason the Cowboys won.

5) Missouri outscored OSU in the paint 36-34, beat OSU 20-6 in points off turnovers, had a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points, and a 14-8 lead in fast-break points and the Cowboys still found a way to win.

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