STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s game against Missouri on Wednesday night offered a frantic finish that featured clutch shooting, blown opportunities and horrendous officiating.
Again. Much like the frenzy that transpired at Baylor last Saturday, the Cowboys again fought gallantly in the end, and again came up short. In Waco, OSU lost 98-92 in overtime. In Stillwater, it was a 97-95 loss in regulation to the Tigers. Turns out the Baylor game was a precursor to the next game, which is not good news for OSU fans faint of heart. Against Baylor, a phantom foul was called against James Anderson with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation, sending Bears guard Curtis Jerrells to the free-throw line. He made a free throw to send the game on to overtime. Against Missouri, Cowboys guard Byron Eaton was hammered underneath while shooting after an offensive rebound. Eaton began to celebrate, thinking he was headed to the line for two free throws and a chance to give his team the lead when the whistle blew with 27.8 seconds left. Official Rick Hartzell, who struggled throughout the night, inexplicably called a jump ball with the possession arrow in Missouri’s favor. (Big 12 personnel are not allowed to comment on horrendous officiating, but there is no such rule prohibiting columnists.) OSU got the ball back trailing 97-95, but Eaton missed a 7-foot floater in the lane with 1.1 seconds left. MU rebounded, and a foul was called with 0.1 remaining. The Tigers aided the OSU comeback by scoring just three points in the last 3:10 while committing four fouls and four turnovers.