Both Oklahoma State and Kansas struggled offensively in the first half, with the Cowboys shooting just 6-of-25 from the floor (24 percent) and the Jayhawks connecting on 10-of-29 shots (34.5 percent).
But the Cowboys went 14-of-22 from the field (63.6 percent) after intermission, including a 30-point outburst over the final 10 minutes to snag the 72-65 victory.
“We were clicking on all cylinders,” Cowboy guard Markel Brown said, “passing the ball well, sharing the ball well. Getting (Le’Bryan Nash) in his spots. Marcus (Smart) attacking the rim — getting to the rim first and then making the outside shot … we took advantage of the opportunity.”
Added Kansas coach Bill Self: “For them to score 30 points in the last 10-12 minutes, I mean, our defense totally broke down.”
Self on Kansas still winning the Big 12 title, despite the loss: “I told (the equipment staff) to put (the championship gear) under the damn bus, because we missed our opportunity to celebrate it.”
‘GameDay’ makes first OSU hoops appearance since 2005
ESPN’s “College GameDay” pregame show made its first appearance in Stillwater since 2005 Saturday for Oklahoma State’s showdown with No. 5 Kansas.
The crowd in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the “GameDay” broadcast was lackluster — about 400 fans showed up, leaving a mostly open second level as an eyesore.
But fans who did come brought respectable energy.