Jan. 13, 2003
By OWEN CANFIELD
AP Sports Writer
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - In a game dominated by defense, Oklahoma State's victory over fifth-ranked Oklahoma came down to one play on offense.
Victor Williams' short bank shot with 3.6 seconds remaining - replays showed he didn't get it off before the shot clock expired - gave the 24th-ranked Cowboys a 48-46 victory Monday night.
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson ran onto the court to argue his case with the officials, but they turned him down and Ebi Ere's 3-point try at the buzzer missed.
"You guys saw the game. Write what you think," Sampson said about Williams' shot.
"I saw it," he said. "It doesn't do you a lot of good right now, does it?"'
Lead official Tom O'Neill said through an Oklahoma State spokesman that shot clock violations are not reviewable. Officials looked at a replay, but only to determine that 3.6 seconds should be on the clock for Oklahoma's final possession.
"All I know is I looked up and with four or five seconds left I made my move and put it off the glass," Williams said. "It was out of my hands before the horn went off."
Told about the television replay, Williams said, "The refs called the game. There were probably some calls they missed that could have helped us out in the game. That was another call they missed, so we won."
The matchup of the Big 12's two stingiest defenses went about as expected. Oklahoma (10-3, 1-1 Big 12) shot 32.7 percent. Hollis Price and Ebi Ere, each averaging 18 points, scored six each and combined to go 4-for-24 from the field.
Oklahoma State (13-1, 2-0) shot 38.8 percent in winning its 11th straight in Eddie Sutton's 400th game as the Cowboys' coach. Leading scorer Tony Allen had 11 points, six below his average, and didn't score in the second half.
It was the first time since 1962, when Oklahoma State won 49-48, that both teams scored in the 40s.
"You didn't worry just about getting a good shot, you worried about getting a shot," Sutton said.
Williams finished with 16 points. Ivan McFarlin scored 11, all in the second half, and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Freshman Kevin Bookout led the Sooners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Quannas White had 10 points.
"The best players didn't play good for us tonight," Price said. "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."
McFarlin gave the Cowboys a 46-43 lead with a tip-in at the 1:43 mark. Price sank a free throw with 1:17 left, then hit a short jumper in the lane with 40 seconds remaining to tie it at 46.
After an Oklahoma State timeout, Williams dribbled alone near midcourt before driving left of the lane and shooting.
"The shot that he took was a good shot and I knew it was going in," McFarlin said.
Oklahoma State had just two points in the first six minutes and twice fell behind by seven in the first half, the second time 13-6. The Cowboys held Oklahoma scoreless for nearly four minutes to take a 15-13 lead and neither team led by more than three the rest of the half.
Oklahoma's biggest lead in the second half was four points. Oklahoma State never led by more than three.
"There were a lot of good things out there," Sampson said. "Just a little bad taste in your mouth because of how it ended."