For the second straight game Travis Ford and the Oklahoma State Cowboys need overtime to decide the outcome of the game. This time OSU wasn't able to come out on top. The Kansas Jayhawks avenge a February 2nd loss to the Cowboys winning in Gallagher-Iba Wednesday night 68-67 in double overtime.
"We've been through a lot, and I won't lie. It was a down locker room," Oklahoma State Head Coach Travis Ford said. "They were disappointed."
"It's a huge win for conference implications. I really thought that Oklahoma State had the best path," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "For us, I'm not saying we couldn't have won it but maybe could have got a piece of it with some help. But now, we probably still have the toughest road to go of anybody but we're still in the game. This was huge today."
Markel Brown led three Cowboys in double figures with 20. That was also a game-high. Freshman Marcus Smart added 16 and Phil Forte 13.
Michael Cobbins was a beast on the boards for Oklahoma State. He pulled down 14 against the Jayhawks.
It was a back and forth game. Neither team grabbing more than a five point lead at anytime during the contest. There were 23 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times.
Naadir Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime and that proved to be the game winner for Kansas.
KU reclaims the advantage in the Big 12 standings improving to 22-4 and 10-4 in conference play. The Cowboys fall to 19-6 and 9-4 in league action.
The Oklahoma State players however still feel like they have a shot to win the Big 12 Championship despite the loss. "Is it too late?" Markel Brown said. "We're still going to go into practice, practice like we're the No. 1 team in this Big 12 league and we're still fighting for the No. 1 spot. It's not too late."
The Cowboys will try and rest up the rest of the week and get ready to face the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday in Morgantown at 1:00pm.
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