KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sean Sutton sat in the locker room and described what he considered the play of the game in Oklahoma State's 66-59 loss to Texas in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.
After trailing as many as 13 points in the middle of the second half, OSU's Terrel Harris squared up to shoot an open 3-pointer that would have cut the Longhorns' lead to two with 1:20 to play. "I was getting ready to call a timeout because it's a two-point game (if he makes it),” Sutton said. But Texas forward Damion James came flying to Harris in the corner and blocked the shot about eight inches out of Harris' hand. James made a lot of great plays on Friday, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but that swat might have been the play that hurt OSU the most. As if on cue, a television tuned to ESPN in the locker room showed the highlight of the play as Sutton finished describing it. "There it is, right there,” Sutton said, shaking his head in amazement all over again. "Biggest play of the game. A huge play.” With that play, OSU's late run became too little, too late. "At that point we were really behind the eight ball,” Sutton said. The Cowboys hung with No. 6 Texas early as freshman Ibrahima Thomas was on fire, scoring 15 points to help OSU to a one-point lead at the half. Thomas finished with a career-high 19 points. But at the beginning of the second half the Cowboys went cold shooting and "did not go out with the same defensive mindset,” Sutton said.
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