Oklahoma State made 1 of 14 shots from the beyond the 3-point line in its 81-75 win over Oklahoma on Saturday, continuing a hot-and-cold trend of long-range shooting.
The one make, however: “Huge,” said OSU coach Travis Ford.
The Cowboys hadn't yet led and were down 49-48 when Keiton Page fired in a 3 to send OSU in front to stay.
“Coach just drew up the play,” said Page, 1-of-7 from long range. “We ran a flare screen for me. I got an open look and it went in. It gave us some momentum, got the crowd into it.”
Said Ford: “I was wanting to do something with some punch. He's the guy to do it usually.”
OU'S BENCH STEPS UP
Because of foul trouble, OU reserves scored 17 points, the most by the bench since a pre-Christmas win over Sacramento State.
Forward Barry Honore had scored only 17 points all season, hadn't played the past five games and logged only five minutes in conference play.
Honore played 13 Bedlam minutes and scored on three putback, tip-ins to match his season high (six points) he scored in November against Chaminade. Tyler Neal also scored six points off the bench.
"Our foul trouble hurt us," said OU coach Jeff Capel. "We had some odd lineups in there, but I thought our bench was terrific."
BOTH COACHES GET TECHNICALS
Capel was assessed a technical less than six minutes into the second half. Ford received a technical call less than seven minutes into the game when the Sooners built their largest lead (21-6).
"At that point I was mad at everybody, refs, players, everybody," Ford said. "I think (the players) got the message. It wasn't planned. Sometimes you plan to get one. I was just upset. I was upset the way we were playing. I think it did ignite a little bit of a fire."
One of the more intriguing matchups paired OSU's Jéan-Paul Olukemi and OU's Cameron Clark, two athletic guards capable of going off for big scoring games.
Clark, who led the Sooners with 25 points in Wednesday's win over Baylor, failed to score against OSU. Olukemi made just 4 of 14 shots from the floor, but went 11-of-13 from the foul line to lead all scorers with 19 points.