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Berry Tramel: A night to remember

You kept waiting for Gallagher-Iba Arena to explode. Blow the top off the grand palace, just like the old days, when Eddie Sutton's defense would boil and Desmond Mason would dunk a 40-foot Doug Gottlieb pass.
by Berry Tramel Modified: January 27, 2011 at 9:32 am •  Published: January 26, 2011

/articleid/3535864/1/pictures/1353928">Photo - Former OSU coach Eddie Sutton speaks at halftime of Wednesday's game. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Former OSU coach Eddie Sutton speaks at halftime of Wednesday's game. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Not with this OSU offense that struggles to score game after game and threatens to keep the Cowboys out of the NCAA Tournament.

“Offense is what gives you confidence,” Ford said. “Offense is what makes your defense better. We're just not getting enough possessions going.”

This was a ballgame, 27-27, late in the first half. Then OSU went nine straight scoreless possessions, and it was over.

Oh well. That's what happens when a football school plays a basketball school.

Give the Cowboys credit. They played hard. Ten offensive rebounds in the first half, which is always a sign of effort.

“They just beat us,” said OSU's Marshall Moses. “I wish we could have played better for those (10) people. But it had nothing to do with anything other than Texas beat us in our own gym.”

Ten years ago, on another night with a packed arena, the Cowboys found a way to beat Missouri in maybe OSU's most important game ever.

Emotions were raw. A silver lining was precious. A victory offered the sliver of hope that things might one day be normal again.

Ten years later, we know that while time doesn't heal all wounds, it does help, and now we know, too, that victory is not automatic on a night of remembrance.

You've still got to put the ball in the basket.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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