MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Eddie Sutton loves to salt away wins like
these, like saving money for a rainy day.
Down nine points with 5 minutes to go, an Oklahoma State team
that has made a habit of close ones turned everything around.
Jamaal Brown's two 3-pointers keyed a charge and freshman Terrel
Harris' 3-pointer gave the Cowboys the lead Saturday in a stunning
63-61 victory over a demoralized Kansas State.
"Any time you can rally, that's something you can build on and
you reach back," said Sutton, whose youthful Cowboys (13-9, 3-5
Big 12) had lost four in a row. "If you've got a game like that
and you're down, and say, `Hey, remember what we did at Kansas
It was a bitter and depressing setback for Kansas State (12-7,
3-5), which in its previous game became the first team in more than
a year to lose to Baylor.
"This has been the toughest week of basketball since I have
been here," said junior guard Lance Harris. "It is hard to move
forward knowing that we have these past couple of losses. We played
a lot better today than we did at Baylor, but we just didn't finish
"We are really down right now," said Harris, who scored 14
points and was the only Kansas State player who came out to talk
with reporters. "We really don't know what to think."
The Cowboys got a boost from the return of 6-foot-9 sophomore
Marcus Dove, who had missed the previous 10 games with injury.
A defensive specialist, Dove helped hold Cartier Martin to just
eight points -- the first time in 20 games Martin did not score in
"I had some help from my teammates," said Dove.
After Harris' 3-pointer put Oklahoma State on top 62-61, Mario
Boggan rebounded a Kansas State miss and hit a free throw. Kansas
State inbounded the ball with 2.3 ticks left on the clock, but
never got off a shot.
"That's a pretty amazing way to drop that game today, and it's
just really unfortunate," said coach Jim Wooldridge, who is under
great pressure to make a breakthrough in his sixth year at Kansas
State and reach the NCAA tournament.
"We're finding ways to lose instead of finding ways to win,"
Wooldridge said. "That's really unfortunate. You come a million
miles in a game, and you know that you need to finish it in a
positive way and we haven't been able to do that in the last week
and a half. If it isn't one thing it's another."
After Martin's free throws made it 56-47, Brown hit two
3-pointers in an Oklahoma State charge. Boggan's two free throws
made it 59-all with 1:46 to play.
Kansas State got off to a quick second-half getaway when Mario
Taybron stole the ball at midcourt and drove in for a layup with
13:12 to go, capping a 14-6 run that turned a 30-30 halftime tie
into a 44-36 Kansas State lead.
Shortly before tipoff, newly hired football coach Ron Prince
took the microphone and urged the crowd to make as much noise as it
could to support the Wildcats. It was the first sellout for a
non-Kansas game since Jan. 11, 2003.
The Cowboys, who have not lost in Manhattan since 2002, led
briefly by six points in the first half after Wooldridge was
charged with a technical.
Boggan, the Cowboys' top scorer this season, picked up his
fourth foul just 2½ minutes into the first half and wound up with
11 points. JamesOn Curry led the Cowboys with 12 points and Brown
David Hoskins led Kansas State with 18 points.