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Small crowds now the norm for OSU basketball games

By John Rohde Modified: January 22, 2009 at 9:51 am •  Published: January 22, 2009
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STILLWATER — I remember Feb. 24, 1993, like it was yesterday, which is odd because I can rarely remember yesterday like it was yesterday.

Oklahoma State trailed Missouri by three points with two seconds remaining in the game.

Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton instructed forward Milt Brown to lob an 80-foot in-bound pass from underneath his own basket to sophomore Bryant "Big Country” Reeves somewhere around the free-throw line on the OSU end of the court.

Rather than catch the ball, Reeves was supposed to tip it to Brooks Thompson or Randy Rutherford, and either sharp-shooter could try to tie the game with a 3-pointer.

Instead, Brown lobbed a 50-foot pass just past halfcourt to Reeves, who initially bobbled the ball, grabbed it, turned and shot.

Reeves held up both arms triumphantly while the ball was in midair.

The prayer banked in cleanly, the game went into overtime and the Cowboys beat the Tigers, 77-73. It would be Reeves’ only career 3-pointer at OSU.

The instant that ball went through the net was the loudest moment I’ve ever experienced inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The facility has been loud throughout entire games, but this emotional explosion was instantaneous.

You simultaneously got chills and an earache.

The building has been plenty loud since it opened in 1938. Among the moments most mentioned:

→March 4, 1978: OSU 190-pounder Daryl Monasmith upset two-time NCAA champ Frank Santana of Iowa State to help the Cowboys win the Big Eight Conference championship in front of 8,000 fans. OSU coach Tommy Chesbro said the noise caused light bulbs in the ceiling to pop.

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