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Gallagher-Iba Arena's 10 most memorable moments

In 75 years, Oklahoma State’s Gallagher-Iba Arena has seen many a memorable moment. That includes in 1957, when Henry Iba’s Cowboys took down a Wilt Chamberlain Kansas team.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 2, 2014

photo - Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, says his favorite NCAA game he played in was when his Texas Longhorns lost, 105-103, in triple-overtime to Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 17, 2007. PHOTO FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, says his favorite NCAA game he played in was when his Texas Longhorns lost, 105-103, in triple-overtime to Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 17, 2007. PHOTO FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

In 75 years, Gallagher-Iba Arena has seen many a memorable moment. Here are 10 that top the list:

1. Feb. 21, 1957: Chopping down Wilt

Already a mythic figure, sophomore Wilt Chamberlain would lead Kansas to the NCAA championship game. And Chamberlain scored 32 points on the Cowboys. But Henry Iba’s team, including junior guard Eddie Sutton, played KU tough, and Mel Wright nailed a last-second shot to give the Cowboys a 56-54 upset.

2. March 4, 1978: Jackson’s pin

Maybe the loudest night in Gallagher’s 75-year history came when OSU rallied to beat Iowa State for the Big Eight wrestling championship. First, Daryl Monasmith upset defending NCAA champ Frank Santana of Iowa State to give the Cowboys a chance. With the arena still buzzing, heavyweight Jimmy Jackson pinned ISU’s Tom Waldon in 22 seconds as windows broke and lightbulbs popped from the noise.

3. Feb. 24, 1993: Big Country goes Cross Country

OSU seemed doomed when Missouri took a 64-61 lead with three seconds left. But 7-foot center Bryant Reeves caught a half-court inbounds pass, turned and banked in a shot from 40 feet away. Gallagher-Iba Arena exploded, and the Cowboys won going away in overtime.

4. Jan. 15, 2007: Super Mario

Texas’ Kevin Durant showed Oklahomans what was to come, with 37 points and 12 rebounds. But the Gallagher-Iba crowd went home happy thanks to Mario Boggan. The junior-college transfer dueled Durant evenly with 37 points and 15 rebounds, including the game-winning 20-footer with 3.3 seconds left that gave OSU a 105-103 victory in triple overtime.

5. Feb. 19, 1982: Doctor Mitch

Bedlam wrestling was near its zenith in the early 1980s, with OU supplying arch-villains like heavyweight Steve Williams. Dr. Death was heavily favored against junior-college transfer Mitch Shelton. Williams needed only a draw to supply Sooner victory, but the 420-pound Shelton caught Williams in the second period and produced a pin that blew the roof off Gallagher Hall.

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by Berry Tramel
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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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