Oklahoma State advances to take on Missouri

7 Mar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For one glorious moment, it could have been the most unlikely upset in Big 12 tournament history. Luke Adams drilled a 3-pointer to give Texas Tech a 36-35 advantage over Oklahoma State, which had gotten out to a 15-3 lead to start the game.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, that 3-pointer would mark the high point of their attempt to come back from the double-digit deficit they faced almost as soon as the game began. The Cowboys prevailed 76-60.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said his team simply lost its legs at few points in the game.

“We were a tired basketball out there a couple times tonight,” Ford said. “We let them get out in transition because we were a little fatigued. We didn’t get back. So we’ve got to make sure we get our guys some rest.”

A 15-0 run by the Cowboys after that pivotal 3-pointer vanquished any more hopes of an upset by the Red Raiders. Texas Tech turned the ball over 18 times, and Oklahoma State capitalized on nearly every one of those mistakes, scoring 31 points off the giveaways.

Texas A&M coach Billy Gillespie acknowledged the turnovers as a major problem.

“Before you knew they had too big a deficit for us to overcome,” Gillespie said. “[Our players] try as hard as they could possibly try all year long, but it seems like we’ve continued to be the coyote and the roadrunner deal, where the anvil always hits you on the head.”

The game marked the end of the road for Texas Tech, but Oklahoma State will play again on Thursday against No. 5 Missouri. This season the Cowboys defeated the Tigers 79-72 in Stillwater but lost to them 83-65 in Columbia.

Oklahoma State anticipates the opportunity to erase the memory of the ugly loss.

“We didn’t exactly play the way we wanted to up there in Columbia, so I’m excited to get another chance,” Brian Williams said. “That doesn’t always happen.”

 

 

 

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