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February 27, 2006

No. 19 Oklahoma beats rival OSU



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NORMAN, Okla. - Terrell Everett made two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to give No. 19 Oklahoma its fourth one-point victory in as many games, a 67-66 win over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

After Jamaal Brown had given the Cowboys (15-14, 5-10 Big 12) a one-point lead with two free throws with 4.7 seconds left, Everett dribbled up the left sideline and collided with Byron Eaton, who was called for a foul.

Everett, who played the final 12:43 with four fouls, stepped to the line and hit both free throws, sending an already-standing sellout crowd into a frenzy.

Michael Neal of Oklahoma knocked the inbounds pass to Everett, and the Sooners (20-6, 11-4) celebrated by huddling and hopping at halfcourt, then slapping hands with fans in the front row.

Each team took the lead twice in the final minute.

Eaton beat the shot clock with a tiebreaking 3-pointer from about 26 feet to put Oklahoma State up 64-61 with 34 seconds left. The Sooners got a quick basket from Taj Gray at the other end before JamesOn Curry missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds left.

Kevin Bookout put Oklahoma into the lead with a two-handed jam with 8.8 seconds to play, but he missed the free throw that would have completed the three-point play. Nate Carter of the Sooners backtapped the rebound, but Brown grabbed it and raced down court before getting fouled by Neal.

He hit both his foul shots with 4.7 seconds remaining, but that left too much time for an Oklahoma team that had already won three straight one-point games for the first time in school history. Before the current stretch, Oklahoma had never won more than two games in a row by one point.

Addressing the crowd on senior night, Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said he loved Gray and Bookout ''but right now I'm loving Terrell just a little bit more.''

Gray led Oklahoma with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Bookout had 14 points and Everett added 13.

Mario Boggan led Oklahoma State with 21 points, but he fouled out with 5:31 left. Eaton had 11 points and seven steals and Curry had 10 points, all in the first half.

The Cowboys were playing their first game against Oklahoma without coach Eddie Sutton since March 3, 1990. Sutton, who was involved in a car accident Feb. 10 and has been charged with aggravated drunk driving, speeding and crossing the center line, remained hospitalized following back surgery last week. He is on a medical leave of absence for the rest of the season.

Oklahoma State used a seven-point run to move ahead 42-36 early in the second half. Boggan had two baskets during the spurt and Brown hit two free throws, but more importantly drew the fourth foul on Everett when he streaked to the basket for a layup after a steal by Marcus Dove.

Everett, who led Oklahoma with 23 points in the first meeting this season, went to the bench with 16:10 left and the Cowboys quickly expanded their two-point lead to 46-38.

Everett returned after only 3 1/2 minutes and his aggressive play helped pull the Sooners back within two points before two turnovers helped the Cowboys to their biggest lead of the game.

Dove drove a wide-open lane for a layup that led to a three-point play, then had consecutive steals that paving the way for a two-handed dunk by Boggan and his own fast-break layup, giving Oklahoma State a 57-48 lead.

Oklahoma charged back with an 11-2 run. Everett tied the game at 59 with a 3-pointer from the left wing.

For more coverage of the Oklahoma Sooners, check out SoonerScoop.com.
For more coverage of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, check out OState.com.


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