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Missouri 97, OSU 95: Another controversial call dooms Cowboys

By John Rohde Modified: January 22, 2009 at 4:47 am •  Published: January 22, 2009

/> Actually, it’s rather amazing the Cowboys were still alive by that point.

For the first 37 minutes against Missouri, OSU refused to play defense.

This was the most points scored by an opponent in regulation at Gallagher-Iba Arena since Oklahoma posted a 107-94 victory on March 3, 1990, in Leonard Hamilton’s last season as coach.

By the time the Cowboys finally decided to defend the Tigers, roughly 5,000 of the 8,514 fans who attended the game had already left Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The early departures missed quite a show.

A full recap would be too convoluted, so here is the condensed version:

Trailing 94-85, the Cowboys got a six-point possession from guard Terrel Harris.

Harris stole the ball at midcourt with 2:46 left, drove and dunked while MU’s Marcus Denmon was whistled for an intentional foul.

Harris made both free throws to make it 94-89, and OSU retained possession under its own basket.

Harris then scored a layup off an offensive rebound to make the score 94-91 with 2:13 left.

The Cowboys pulled to within 96-95 after two Eaton free throws with 47 seconds left, and the Tigers turned the ball over in the inbound play.

That set up Hartzell’s ineptitude.

With two tweets of the whistle, potential back-to-back victories became back-to-losses for OSU.

These aren’t excuses. These are the cold-hearted facts.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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