Buffs Shock Cowboys

STILLWATER – Only one player on the Oklahoma State basketball had been born the last time Colorado won a game in Stillwater, and that was 26-year-old Aaron Pettway and he was just eight days old. The Colorado Buffaloes, behind the 27-point performance of sophomore Richard Roby, won for the first time in more than 26 years and ended a 20-game losing streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon with an 80-78 victory in overtime over the Cowboys.

Roby got an offensive rebound - one of 19 for Colorado in the game - and scored with 45 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Buffaloes their first win in Stillwater since Jan. 12, 1980. Pettway, the Cowboys' 26-year-old senior, was but eight days old and no other OSU players had even been born back in 1980 when CU won 58-56. The late Paul Hansen was in his first year as head coach of the Cowboys the last time the Buffaloes won in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State saw its record fall to 12-6 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play, while Colorado improved to 13-3 and 3-2.

The Cowboys had a chance to win or tie the game after Roby missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with 8.5 seconds remaining. JamesOn Curry raced the ball up the court, and appeared to be driving to the basket when he threw a pass intended for Terrel Harris out of bounds as time expired.

"In that situation you have to drive the ball. You have to get it in there," said OSU associate head coach Sean Sutton. "You have to at least get a shot. He (Curry) is a great competitor and he wanted to go make a play. I think after he missed the three in regulation he wanted to get it back. They had three guys on him. He probably just needed to advance the ball. In that situation, we want our players to go to the rim. A lot of times it is not the first shot that beats you but a tip in.

"There is no question this is a tough loss," Sean Sutton continued. "If you lose on your home court in this league it is tough. We dug ourselves in a hole early. We got down in the first half and I thought in the second half we did a lot better job. We competed and got ourselves back into position to win the game. We played better defense for a 10-minute stretch, we got some things in transition and got some things at the basket which allowed us to get a five-point lead. We just had some inexcusable turnovers that were costly. We got into overtime and we could not stop them."

Oklahoma State led 67-63 with less than five minutes to play but couldn't hold on for the win. The Cowboys had five possessions in which they did not score – turning the ball over three times – as the Buffaloes scrambled back to take a 69-67 lead. But Curry's three-pointer with 1:05 left gave the Cowboys a one-point lead. He made one of two free throws with 44.1 seconds remaining to make it 71-69. But Roby's basket tied it up with 33 seconds remaining.

The Cowboys had a couple of chances to win it in regulation but could not convert on either of them. Curry's three-pointer bounced off the rim in the game's final seconds and right to point guard Jamaal Brown who drove the baseline. Brown's running jumper was blocked out of bounds with 2.2 seconds. After an OSU timeout, Torre Johnson missed a 10-foot jumper from in the lane that would have won it at the buzzer.

In overtime, the Cowboys made just one field goal – by Johnson – and gave up several offensive rebounds to the Buffaloes, including Roby's game-winning basket with 45 seconds left.

"It hurts us a lot," said Torre Johnson, who had his third double-double of the season and second in a row with 20 points and 10 rebounds. "A win would have given us a boost going into Texas. This is a setback. You could still see some of the inexperience of our team out there. They have a veteran team and they played like veterans. They made big plays in the clutch and they did what they had to do. We had too many mental errors and too many turnovers in the clutch, and that is something we need to fix."

Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and fell behind 43-31 early in the second half. But the Cowboys used a 16-0 run during a six-minute stretch to go up 50-45 with just under 12 minutes to play. But Roby and the Buffaloes would not go away and eventually pulled ahead 69-67 on Andy Osborn's three-pointer with 2:04 remaining in regulation.

"They made more plays down the stretch," Sean Sutton said. "We had opportunities to win the game in regulation but we did not get it done. This is a tough loss but in this league you can't sit around and feel sorry for yourself. You have to get off the mat and go fight."

The Cowboys won't have to wait long to get up off the mat as they go on the road to face the sixth-ranked Texas Longhorns in a nationally televised ESPN Big Monday game. The Longhorns, 16-2, defeated Baylor 66-47 on Saturday afternoon.

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