Cowboys Fall Short Against Sooners

Sean Sutton knows there is no magical potion to cure him of the illness that he's been battling. His Oklahoma State Cowboys nearly gave him the best medicine of all during a nationally televised Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma Monday night in Norman. But the Sooners hit 20 of 30 free throws in the second half – including five in a row in the last 54 seconds – for a 64-61 victory over the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State, now 10-10, has now lost five consecutive games for the first time since the 1986-87 season – when Sean Sutton was still a high school player. The Cowboys lost six in a row (from Dec. 30, 1986 to Jan. 21, 1987) in Leonard Hamilton's first season as head coach.

The Cowboys also saw their road losing streak extended to 17 games – the fourth longest in school history – and have not won a true road game since Feb. 4, 2006. The Cowboy will attempt to end the streak Saturday afternoon when they travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech, a team they defeated 74-55 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 12.

Sutton and the Cowboys had their chance to break the 17-game road losing skid after rallying from an eight-point deficit (53-45) with less than five minutes to play to tie the game 57-57 on Obi Muonelo's three-pointer with 1:35 remaining on the clock.

But OU freshman Blake Griffin's offensive rebound of a missed three-pointer, and putback and free throw when he was fouled gave the Sooners a lead they would not relinquish.

The Cowboys twice pulled within one point with less than a minute to play – on two free throws by Muonelo and another pair from Byron Eaton – but the Sooners made their free throws when it counted. After struggling from the foul line for much of the game (they were just 11 of 22 at one point), the Sooners made them when they counted.

OU made 12 of its last 14 free throws, including two by Blake Griffin with 18 seconds remaining and Tony Crocker with 2.9 seconds left on the clock.

The Cowboys were a perfect 17 of 17 from the free-throw line, while the Sooners finished 23 of 36 from the charity stripe.

Muonelo led the Cowboys with a career-high 25 points, including 17 in the first half to give his team a 32-27 halftime lead. Eaton was the only other Cowboy in double figures with 18.

Taylor Griffin scored a career-best 20 points to lead the Sooners, while his younger brother Blake finished with 15, and Arthur Johnson contributed 10.


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