All Time Day For O-State Basketball

While the Cowboys were scrambling in the final minutes of the second half to keep the lead against 14th ranked Texas in Austin, back in Stillwater little used senior post player Nicole Campbell knocked down a 16 footer with 30 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Cowgirls an 88-87 double overtime win over 3rd ranked Texas Tech.

Back in Austin another unlikely hero and little used player, Terrence Crawford, fought for a rebound to give the Cowboys an extended possession as they led Texas by just two points. After a time out and point guard John Lucas dribbling off more precious seconds Crawford positioned himself in huge opening in the middle of the Longhorns defense and took Lucas' pass and banked the ball off the glass for the points that really put the game away. Oklahoma State put themsleves in a prime position in the Big 12 standings with a 72-67 upset over the Horns. The Cowboys are now 14-2 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play.

The win by the Cowboys ended a 25-game homecourt winning streak for Texas. It's an Oklahoma State sandwich streak as the Cowboys were the last to beat Texas in "the drum" when they won 85-80 on February 20, 2002 for Eddie Sutton's career 700th coaching win. Today's win marked Sutton's 738th win. The Cowboys sprang to an early lead as Joey Graham started out hot. OSU led 16-8 when Texas went on a scoring run that would take them to a halftime lead.

The Cowboys started the second half well and retook the lead and never relinquished it, although it got close several times. Texas came at them with their waves of players off the bench, but OSU withstood all the Longhorns could come up with. Graham would finish with the best game of his O-State career scoring 21 points and hauling down 10 rebounds. John Lucas added 13 points and Daniel Bobik had 12 points including a pair of momentum maintaining three pointers.

"This was really a special win because Texas is really talented and they are probably playing as well as anybody in the league right now," said Eddie Sutton after the game. "Our guys believed they could win if they played good defense, did a good job on the boards, and kept them from getting too many shots in transition."

Sutton agreed that two of his players really stood out in Crawford and Graham.

"The guy that really jumps out at you because it is the best he's played is Joey Graham," added Sutton. "We've been waiting for him to play like that and he led us in scoring with 21 points and had the 10 rebounds for a double-double. We had a lot of other heroes, but late in the game Terrence Crawford got that really important basket, but he also had some very big rebounds. Sometimes things don't show up in the scorebook, but Terrence did a good job of blocking out on some missed free throws."

After the game Graham talked about his effort but not in terms of points and rebounds, instead in terms of setting an example of being tough against the physical Longhorns in a hostile environment in front of a sellout crowd of 16,421 UT fans.

"Texas is known for being aggressive, coming out and being the aggressor in the beginning, and I just tried to turn the script on them," said Graham. "I tried to be the aggressor and be physical and rebound. It worked."

The Cowboys now have a week off from Big 12 games as they will work toward a rematch with the only team that has beaten them in Big 12 play, Texas Tech. The Cowboys host the Red Raiders next Saturday at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Cowgirls don't have as much time to celebrate what was definitely the biggest accomplishment in the Julie Goodenbough ear and one of the greatest wins in the program's history. The Cowgirls, who had 30 points including four three-pointers from guard Nina Stone along with 14 points from Trisha Slkibbe, will play host to Iowa State on Wednesday night. Don't expect the Cyclones to be all that impressed with the Cowgirls upset. Iowa State has upset both Texas Tech and Oklahoma in Ames so far this season.

It may take you awhile, but it would be interesting research to find a day when two teams from the same school scored wins over ranked opponents like Oklahoma State did on Saturday. This much we know without breaking our back on any record books or paper cuts from any press guides, there's never been a day like this for the Cowboys and Cowgirls combined.

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