Cowboys steal round one of Bedlam from Sooners

Oklahoma's Kevin Bookout battles Oklahoma State's Ivan McFarlin during the first half of the Cowboy's 48-46 win Monday in Stillwater. Oklahoma State won on a controversial shot by Victor Williams with 3.6 seconds left

STILLWATER -- The 201st installment of the Bedlam Basketball will forever go down in history. Unfortunately for Oklahoma, it will not be one they'll want to remember.

Oklahoma State guard Victor Williams hit a controversial bank shot as the 35 second shot clock expired with 3.6 seconds left in regulation that propelled the Cowboys to a 48-46 win over fifth-ranked Sooners Monday night in Stillwater.

Replays on ESPN televisions' broadcast clearly showed the ball had not left Williams' hands before the shot clock expired.

"Ask them," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson what the officials said after reviewing the Williams' shot on instant replay. "I'm not going to tell you what they said. It doesn't do you a lot of good right now, does it?"

Despite what transpired after Williams' shot, the Sooners had 3.6 seconds left to go the length of the court for a potential tying or winning shot. Oklahoma advanced the ball to OSU's three-point line and quickly called timeout with 1.6 seconds to go.

Jabahri Brown then threw the ball the length of the court to Kevin Bookout, who saved the ball from going out of bounds by tipping it to Ebi Ere. Ere caught the ball cleanly but missed a wide open three-point shot in the corner that would have won the game for the Sooners.

"That was two teams really getting after each other," said Sampson. "Sometimes games come down to breaks. Sometimes you make your own breaks. We missed five of ten free throws."

"Both teams left their hearts on the court. They made one more basket then we did."

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 13-6 lead but the Cowboys cut would cut that to one point at the halftime behind junior college transfer Tony Allen's 11 first half points.

Oklahoma State quickly took the lead on their first possession of the second half, but the Sooners quickly regained a four point lead behind back-to-back buckets by true freshmen Kevin Bookout midway through the second half. Bookout led the Sooners with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cowboys charged back behind power forward Ivan McFarlin and took their biggest lead of the game at 46-43 when the junior from Sugarland, Texas tipped in a shot with 1:43 remaining.

Hollis Price then hit a free throw on OU's next possession with 1:17 left and then tied the game with a steal and a jump shot in the lane with 40 seconds remaining.

That's when OSU put the ball in the hands of Williams, who sank the controversial shot clock buzzer beater with 3.6 seconds left that eventually proved to be the game winner. Williams led the Cowboys with 16 points.

Oklahoma's duo of Price and Ebi Ere finished with a disappointing six points each and combined for a woeful 6-of-24 from the field.

"The best players didn't play good for us tonight," said Price. "It was going to come down to the end of the game. They found a way to get a basket at the end and we fell short."

OKLAHOMA (10-3, 1-1)
Brown 2-7 0-1 4, Bookout 7-11 0-0 14, Ere 2-10 2-4 6, White 3-5 3-6 10, Price 2-14 1-2 6, Johnston 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander 2-4 0-0 5, Gilbert 0-2 1-2 1, Szendrei 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 7-15 46.

OKLAHOMA STATE (13-1, 2-0)
McFarlin 3-6 5-9 11, A.Williams 1-4 0-2 2, V.Williams 6-12 4-5 16, Allen 5-14 0-0 11, Sanders 4-10 0-0 8, Steyn 0-0 0-0 0, Weatherspoon 0-0 0-0 0, Gadson 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 9-16 48.

Halftime- Oklahoma 22-21. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 3-12 (White 1-1, Alexander 1-2, Price 1-6, Johnston 0-1, Ere 0-2), Oklahoma State 1-8 (Allen 1-4, V.Williams 0-1, Sanders 0-3). Fouled out-White, A.Williams. Rebounds-Oklahoma 38 (Bookout 11), Oklahoma State 38 (McFarlin 14). Assists-Oklahoma 10 (Price 4), Oklahoma State 4 (Gadson 3). Total fouls-Oklahoma 18, Oklahoma State 17.

A- 13,611.

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