STILLWATER, Okla. - In front of a rabid sell-out Gallagher-Iba crowd, No. 16 Oklahoma State (19-6, 6-5 Big 12) defeated in-state rival No. 4 Oklahoma (19-4, 8-3), 79-72.
In what was a physical game from the opening moments, no team could pull away until the overtime session.
The first half was controlled by Oklahoma. Senior Aaron McGhee, who came out red hot scoring the team's first four points in under a minute.
Oklahoma State came out sluggish shooting 0-5 from the field in the opening moments. That would not last long, however, as the Cowboys reversed their luck and sped off to an 11-2 run to go up 11-8.
Oklahoma junior Jason Detrick would answer with a three-pointer to tie the game at 11. The back-and-forth scoring would continue throughout much of the first half and the Sooners would hold a 31-24 advantage at the intermission.
The remainder of the contest belonged to the Cowboys. Their cold first-half shooting was red-hot after halftime. Oklahoma State opened with a 9-0 run to secure a 33-31 lead in less than three minutes of play.
"I thought the key to this basketball game, no matter how you slice and dice it, was the first five minutes of the second half," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. "We have a seven-point lead, and they come out and really take it to us."
McGhee finally stopped the run with a basket at the 16:15 mark. Much like the first half, both teams would trade baskets until the remaining moments of regulation.
Detrick was the catalyst for the Sooners and the major reason Oklahoma pushed the game into overtime after trailing by as many as five points late in the second half.
Down 61-59 with 1:18 remaining, Oklahoma utilized the full court press. Detrick would come up with the steal and call a timeout with 53 seconds remaining.
Moments later, while battling for the ball underneath the basket, OSU's Ivan McFarlin was whistled for his fourth foul. This would send Detrick to the line where he made two clutch free throws to tie the game at 61-61.
On the ensuing possession, Detrick again came up big with a steal and called timeout with 17.1 seconds remaining.
The Sooners had a chance to when the game at the buzzer when Oklahoma junior Quannas White received a pass from Hollis Price with only 3 seconds remaining and his shot would hit off the back of the rim.
In the overtime period, OSU was dominating while backed by the vocal crowd. Ivan McFarlin scored eight of the Cowboys overtime points and had a crucial steal as OSU would go on to win 79-72.
"You have to make big plays and have to make defensive plays in order to make a big gap in the game," McFarlin said. "Fortunately that steal, it made a big presence on the scoreboard."
McGhee finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Other notables were Detrick and Price finishing with 15 and 10, respectively.
Oklahoma State was led by Ivan McFarlin's career-high 22 points. Senior Fredrik Jonzen chipped in 19.
Oklahoma hosts Kansas State this Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. CST.
McGhee 8-18 10-10 27, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Ere 2-9 0-0 5, White 2-8 0-0 5, Price 2-11 4-4 10, Detrick 4-13 6-7 15, Selvy 2-3 0-0 4, Szendrei 1-3 2-4 4. Totals 22-67 22-25 72.
OKLAHOMA ST. (19-6)
Jonzen 7-11 5-5 19, McFarlin 8-11 6-6 22, V.Williams 5-16 3-6 13, Gadson 5-12 0-0 10, Sanders 5-13 1-2 12, Crawford 1-4 0-0 2, Broxsie 0-0 1-2 1, A.Williams 0-0 0-6 0. Totals 31-67 16-27 79.
Halftime-Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma St. 24. End of Regulation-Oklahoma 61, Oklahoma St. 61. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 6-24 (Price 2-10, McGhee 1-2, Ere 1-4, White 1-4, Detrick 1-4). Oklahoma St. 1-7 (Sanders 1-4, Gadson 0-1, V.Williams 0-2). Fouled out-McGhee, Selvy, McFarlin. Rebounds-Oklahoma 50 (McGhee, Szendrei 11), Oklahoma St. 39 (Sanders 11). Assists-Oklahoma 5 (White 2), Oklahoma St. 13 (V.Williams 6). Total fouls-Oklahoma 23, Oklahoma St. 19. Technicals-White, Gadson. A-13,611.
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