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             === Oklahoma State dodges Oklahoma in OT thriller ===
 
 Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash scored 28 and
 26  points, respectively,  and No.  17 Oklahoma  State escaped  with an  84-79
 overtime victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.
 
 Markel  Brown had  14 points,  six rebounds,  three assists  and three  steals
 for the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12), who have won seven straight games.
 
 "I'm  so proud  of our basketball team," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis
 Ford.  "I've  got a lot of  respect for Oklahoma  as well. They're a very well
 coached,  very good  basketball team. I thought  that our kids showed a lot of
 heart."
 
 Romero  Osby, Steven  Pledger  and  Sam Grooms  scored  18  points apiece  for
 the  Sooners  (16-8,  7-5), who  came  in  looking  to  expand on  a  two-game
 winning streak. Osby also had a game-high 15 rebounds.
 
 "It's  a  tough loss, sure, but  a really good basketball game," said Oklahoma
 head  coach Lon Kruger. "I thought guys on both teams played their hearts out.
 It  was a big-time  battle from start to finish. Guys on both teams made a lot
 of big-time plays. Defense was having a tough time getting stops. I'm proud of
 our  guys. Disappointed in  not finishing it, but we got beat by a really good
 Oklahoma  State ball  club. We'll  grow from  this. We've  got to  keep making
 progress. There's a lot of the season left, and we'll keep getting better. I'm
 proud of our guys. They'll bounce back from this."
 
 Osby's  jumper  with 3:27 to  play in overtime gave  the Sooners a 75-73 lead.
 However, Nash dunked the ball to tie the game with 2:19 left.
 
 Grooms  fired  a jumper to  give the  Sooners the lead,  but Nash would not be
 undeterred, making a three-point play to give Oklahoma State a 78-77 edge with
 1:37 left.
 
 Andrew  Fitzgerald then  made two free throws for Oklahoma to retake the lead,
 only  for  Nash to answer once  again with another  dunk to give the Cowboys a
 80-79 advantage.
 
 The Sooners were unable to respond. Brown stole the ball off Grooms, which led
 to a fast break layup by Mike Cobbins. Smart then forced a turnover off Steven
 Pledger and made two free throws to seal the victory.
 
 Oklahoma State had an 11-point lead around the midway point of the first half,
 but  an  11-2 by the Sooners  made it a 21-21  contest with 5:40 left to play.
 Then,  down 27-26  with 2:50 remaining, Oklahoma  had a  9-0 run to finish the
 half with a 35-27 margin.
 
 Oklahoma extended its lead to 45-34 with 17:31 to go in the second half.
 
 The  Cowboys clawed their way back though, outscoring Oklahoma 22-11, and tied
 the  game with 9:44 remaining. Osby made a free throw to give his team a 57-56
 edge, but the Cowboys remained close behind.
 
 A steal and a layup by Phil Forte tied the game at 69-69 with 2:17 left to go.
 Romero  answered back with  a layup of his own to retake the lead, but Smart's
 jumper  tied the game once more with 1:34 remaining. Osby's jumper put them up
 again, but Smart made two free throws to tie the game at 73-73 with 41 seconds
 left in regulation.
 
 Osby  missed a jumper  with 10 seconds left and Smart missed one at the buzzer
 to send the game into overtime.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Oklahoma  State  has won four straight  games against Oklahoma at home ... The
 Sooners  shot  47.5 percent from  the floor compared  to 43.5 percent from the
 Cowboys.
 
 
 02/16 17:35:51 ET

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