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The Cowboys are pushing the reset button. Again.
West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament champion Gonzaga will be playing its NCAA tournament opener in San Diego on Friday as the No. 8 seed in the West Region.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Marcus Smart was quiet and subdued as he apologized at a podium, a demeanor in stark contrast to the one that sent shockwaves through Oklahoma State’s basketball program hours earlier. Smart was suspended three games Sunday by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night. The conference acted swiftly in banning the All-America guard, saying in a statement the penalty was handed down for “inappropriate conduct with a spectator.”
Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a fan underneath the basket in the waning seconds of Texas Tech’s 65-61 win over the 19th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday night. Smart (pictured, right) tried to block Jaye Crockett’s dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go and tumbled into the front row of the crowd. He was helped to his feet by one man but then got in the face of another fan in a black shirt. The man appeared to say something to Smart, who then shoved him with two hands. The fan stumbled backward a bit but didn’t fall. Smart was called for a technical foul but was not ejected. Crockett scored 21 points with 12 rebounds to lead Texas Tech, which handed the Cowboys their fourth straight loss. The game was tied at 61 when Crockett hit the go-ahead shot with 41 seconds remaining. – AP
ARLINGTON, Texas – Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded points on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled with a minute left. Defensive lineman Shane Ray picked up the ball and rumbled 73 yards down the sideline in front of the stunned Cowboys bench to score.
MALIBU, Calif. – Head coach Mark Few is pleased with Gonzaga’s performance through 14 nonconference games, but he wouldn’t be a coach if he didn’t have some concerns. The 10th-ranked Bulldogs open West Coast Conference play against Pepperdine (8-5) tonight at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga (13-1) is in the midst of a busy week, coming off a 69-68 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater and a tough challenge upcoming at Santa Clara on Saturday.
STILLWATER, Okla. – It was a thrilling finish worth reliving, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs were doing just that in the locker room. Kevin Pangos described the start of the play in animated fashion. Kelly Olynyk jumped in next and Elias Harris sat back in his chair and shouted, “I was so glad when that shot when in.”
STILLWATER, Okla. – It was a thrilling finish worth reliving, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs were doing just that in the locker room.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Gonzaga sophomore guard Gary Bell Jr. had just finished describing the challenge of defending Baylor standout Pierre Jackson when he was reminded of his next assignment. “You get a real break against (Oklahoma State freshman) Marcus Smart, don’t you,” a reporter kidded.
Gonzaga sophomore guard Gary Bell Jr. had just finished describing the challenge of defending Baylor standout Pierre Jackson when he was reminded of his next assignment. “You get a real break against (Oklahoma State freshman) Marcus Smart, don’t you,” a reporter kidded. “I don’t think so,” said a smiling Bell, shaking his head. “He’s definitely a good guard, probably stronger and definitely bigger than Pierre. I have my work cut out for me.” Bell won’t be alone in that regard when the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (12-1) tangle with No.22 Oklahoma State (10-1) today at 3 PST at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.
STILLWATER, Okla. – An emotionally exhausting nine days for the Oklahoma State Cowgirls ended Saturday with hugs, tears and a few smiles. In their first game since a plane crash killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two others, the Cowgirls beat Coppin State 59-35 behind 17 points from Tiffany Bias.
The Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane transporting them on a recruiting trip crashed in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said Friday.
LSU and Oklahoma State took control of the race to the BCS championship game – but don’t count out Alabama yet. The day after the Tigers and Cowboys stayed unbeaten with their most difficult victories of the season, they also took the top two spots in the BCS standings.
Offense, defense, rebounding, passing. The Gonzaga Bulldogs pretty much had every phase of the game covered en route to a convincing 73-52 win over Oklahoma State on Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs’ fifth straight win was fueled by Elias Harris’ season-high 22 points, Rob Sacre’s 16 points and career-best 15 rebounds and Steven Gray’s 10 points and six assists. Gonzaga (9-5) handled the physical Cowboys (11-2) on the boards 44-32.