Cowboy Hoops Notes: Sutton Gets No. 1,000

Eddie Sutton may not have been at Gallagher-Iba Arena for OSU's victory over Baylor on Saturday night but it still goes in the record books at the 1,000th win of his coaching career. The win means that Sutton, who turns 70 later this month, joins Arizona's Lute Olson as the only two current Division I coaches to record 1,000 career coaching wins.

"It is a great milestone and achievement," Sean Sutton said following the Cowboys' 79-76 victory over the Bears. "It means a lot. He is only the second college coach to have done this. Winning 1,000 games may be more prestigious than winning 800 games because only one other coach has done it. It is important. I wanted him to have that, and the players did as well."

Sutton, although he has not been on the Cowboy sideline the last seven games since taking a medical leave of absence, also recorded the 797th win of his Division I coaching career on Saturday night.

Thursday Unfamiliar to Cowboys
Oklahoma State will be playing on Thursday – the first day of the Big 12 Tournament – for the first time since 1999. The Cowboys entered the tourney with a 19-9 record and defeated Baylor (on Thursday), Oklahoma (on Friday) and Texas (on Saturday) to advance to the championship game against Kansas.

"I think in order to win four straight games in a four-day period you have to have players coming off your bench," Sean Sutton said. "I think that is an advantage that we have. We are able to go 10 or 11 players deep."

Torre Did Not Play
Torre Johnson, who averages 10.4 points coming off the bench, was suited out but did not play against the Bears. Sean Sutton said that the 6-foot-6 junior, who scored a career-high 26 points against Baylor earlier this season, had been sick this week and was not able to play.

The Streak Continues
The Cowboys improved to 16-14 and are guaranteed of finishing no worse than .500 this season. OSU has now gone 18 consecutive non-losing seasons. The last time the Cowboys finished below .500 was during the 1987-88 season when the Leonard Hamilton-coached team was 14-16.

Pettway, Byler Recognized
Seniors Aaron Pettway and Luke Byler, who was a team manager before being asked to walk on this season, were recognized on Senior Night. Both started the game and played the first two minutes. "It was a dream come true, to say the least," said Byler. "I am really appreciative for coach Sutton starting me. I am glad we won. It could not have happened better."

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