SHAWNEE — Douglass point guard Stephen Clark sped toward the basket on a fast break, went in for the layup and found himself on the wrong end of a hard foul.
The culprit? Jeffrey Carroll of Rowlett (Texas) High School.
No hard feelings, though. While the two were competitive enemies for 40 minutes Saturday night at the 48th annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist University, they'll spend the next four years as teammates at Oklahoma State.
Clark and his Oklahoma teammates came away with the bragging rights with a 101-95 win over the Texas all-stars.
“Stevie got the bragging rights, so I'll have to hear his mouth tomorrow,” said Carroll, who had 26 points and won the team MVP award. “He told me he's gonna have to get back in the weight room and get stronger after that foul.”
Clark and Carroll were joined by a third future Cowboy, Leyton Hammonds of Richland, Texas, who had 18 points and eight rebounds.
Oklahoma State might wish it was bringing in Edmond Memorial product Shaquille Morris, too. The 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward had 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Oklahomans and earn team MVP honors.
The bulky Wichita State signee and 6-foot-11 John Moon of Crescent, who is headed to Oklahoma Christian, gave Oklahoma a true post presence on both ends of the floor.
They kept the Texas team playing from the perimeter, attempting 35 3-pointers. They made 10, five of which came from Carroll, an athletic 6-foot-6 wing. The lanky, 6-foot-8 Hammonds hit a pair of 3s as well.
Clark, who has the chance to bring an instant scoring punch to the Cowboys next season, had a rough night all the way around.
Aside from his hard fall on the foul by Carroll, Clark was 0-of-7 from 3-point range, though he added six rebounds and a pair of assists. But in the first half after a physical play in the lane, Clark vomited on the court, requiring the game to be halted for a few minutes.
Clark has already been in Stillwater for two weeks and is excited about what's ahead for the Cowboy program.
“We've been together in Stillwater already. Being freshmen, we've got to stick together,” Clark said. “We're already building a great relationship.
“We have a lot of returning players (at OSU). It's great having those guys back, coming off the year they had, putting Oklahoma State back on the map. Hopefully the young players can keep it going.”
Carroll and Hammonds both said the chance to play in an all-star game an hour away from their new home in Stillwater — in front of several Cowboy fans — drew them to the Faith 7 invitation.
“This was a chance to showcase my skills to the citizens of Oklahoma,” Hammonds said. “We wanted to let them know what's coming for Oklahoma State.”