Seniors go out in style with Bedlam sweep

Kevin Bookout and the 17th-ranked Sooners overcame a 9-point second half deficit for a 67-66 win over OSU. Kevin Bookout's dunk (seen above) gave OU a 65-64 lead with 8.8 seconds left, but it was Terrell Everett's free throws with 0.6 seconds left that sealed the win. OU's seniors scored the teams' last 13 points of the game. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)

Norman, Okla. — Talk about going out in style. Oklahoma seniors Kevin Bookout, Taj Gray and Terrell Everett did just that in their final home game Monday night in Norman.

The trio scored the Sooners' final 13 points, including the game-winning free throws by Everett with 0.6 seconds left, as Oklahoma (20-6, 11-4) escaped with their fourth-straight one-point win, 67-66, and completed their first regular season sweep of the Cowboys (15-14, 5-10) since 1999.

"I love all three of these seniors, but I'm loving Terrell just a little more right now," said a smiling Kelvin Sampson during the postgame senior day festivities.

The Cowboys led 57-49 after Marcus Dove finished a 7-0 run with a steal and bucket with 7:05 to go, but the Sooners answered with a 9-0 run, which was capped by an Everett 3-pointer that tied the game at 59-59 with 2:06 to go.

David Monds then answered with a jumper in the lane to put OSU back up with 1:37 left, but Gray responded with a layup to tie the game again at 61-61.

On the next possession, Oklahoma State ran the shot clock down and freshman guard Byron Eaton threw up an NBA three at the buzzer that drew nothing but net and put the Cowboys up 64-61 with 34 seconds left.

Oklahoma then pushed the ball up the floor and quickly dumped it inside to Gray, who hit a quick layup to cut the Cowboys' lead to 64-63 with 21 seconds left.

And that's when things got interesting.

After failing to trap OSU on the inbounds play, Oklahoma fouled Cowboy guard JamesOn Curry with 13 seconds left. Curry missed the front end of a one-on-one, which was rebounded by Michael Neal, who looked up and found Bookout behind Cowboy defense for a pass, catch, dunk and foul.

The dunk put OU up 65-64 with 8.8 seconds left, but Bookout missed his free throw, which was tipped by an OU player to OSU's Jamaal Brown at halfcourt. Brown raced down the court for what seemed to be the go-ahead layup, but was fouled with 4.7 seconds left.

Brown then made both free throws to give OSU a 66-65 lead. Oklahoma inbounded the ball to Everett, who raced up the sideline and was fouled near halfcourt by Eaton with 0.6 seconds left.

Everett then calmly stepped up to the line and sank both shots to seal the win, as OSU's desperation attempt on the last play of the game was picked off by the Sooners at halfcourt.

"I saw Jim Burr make a call. Then I saw Terrell make those free throws," Sampson said, when asked about the foul call that sent Everett to the line to win the game. "There's a lot of whistles in that game that could've went either way."

"I was just trying to get passed him. He jumped in front of me and the ref made the call," said Everett.

"Was I worried? There was a delay and he blew the whistle," Sampson said. "That call could've went either way. Sometimes you just got to have a break.

"To win a game like that you've got to have some things go our way, but when we had our opportunity to win it Terrell made his free throws, and that was the key. We made the free throws."

Oklahoma's seniors scored 46 of the teams' 67 points. Gray led the way with 19 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Bookout added 14. Everett, who played the last 12:43 with four fouls, finished with 13 points, five assists and three steals.

The Cowboys shot 51.9 percent for the game, but the Sooners had the hot hand in the final 20 mintues going 12-for-20 (60 percent). OU also outrebounded OSU 28-27.

"Give our kids credit for making the plays to win the game, but also give Oklahoma State's kids credit too," Sampson said. "I thought their kids played their hearts out. Sean's done a great job with that group. He really has. They played their butts off.

"It was just a tough game. Both teams deserved to win the game. It's just unfortunate one of them didn't. Those Oklahoma State kids played their hearts out."

In all, the lead changed nine times in the second half, four of which came in the final minute.

"It was a crazy game. I don't know how else to explain it," said Sampson. "Hey, that's why they call it Bedlam. Either team could've won that game. We feel fortunate to win it."

"It feels good to get a win here for my last time," said Bookout. "I've been here for four years and I've been watching OU basketball forever.

"I remember when Eduardo (Najera) was a senior against Missouri. I remember his speech and watching him play. I've been coming up here forever. And for us to get this win my last year here, it feels good."

Oklahoma now leads the all-time series against the Cowboys, 121-87.

The Sooners will travel to Austin for their Big 12 regular season finale against Texas on Sunday.

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