7:00 PM ET, March 4, 2006
Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- In 46 years as a coach at the high school, junior college and major college levels, Eddie Sutton won nearly 1,000 basketball games. It took a tiny assist from his son to push him over the top.Despite his absence, Sutton picked up his 1,000th overall win on Saturday in Oklahoma State's 79-76 victory against Baylor (4-12, 4-12 Big 12). Eddie Sutton's son, Sean Sutton, coached the Cowboys (16-14, 6-10) for the seventh straight game while his father takes a leave of absence following a Feb. 10 car accident."I think the whole season's been a little bit different not having him here the last seven games, but I'm happy we got there," Sean Sutton said. "I think it's a very prestigious club to be in. You look at the list of coaches that are on there are a lot of the great coaches who have coached."Eddie Sutton ranks fifth all-time with 797 wins at the NCAA level, including stints at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. He also had 84 at the College of Southern Idaho and 119 at Tulsa Central High School before joining the college ranks.Besides Sutton, Arizona's Lute Olson is the only coach with at least 15 years at the NCAA level to reach 1,000 total wins. The Cowboys started the season hoping to get him to 800 college wins, and they still have a chance if they can make a run at the Big 12 tournament next week or if they receive a bid to the NIT."In some ways winning 1,000 games is more prestigious than winning 800 because there's only one other college coach that's done it," Sean Sutton said. "It was important. I wanted him to have that. The players did as well."Eddie Sutton, still recovering from Feb. 23 back surgery, wasn't at Gallagher-Iba Arena for the milestone win. He took a medical leave of absence following the accident that resulted in charges of aggravated drunk driving, speeding and crossing the center line. After recovering from the surgery, he has said he plans to check into an alcohol rehabilitation center.Oklahoma State has opted to have the team's wins and losses continue to count toward his record.Mario Boggan scored 25 points to lead the Cowboys in their biggest comeback of the season. David Monds added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Terrel Harris scored 12 and Byron Eaton had 11, including the driving layup that put the Cowboys ahead to stay with a driving layup with 3:03 to play.Eaton converted the ensuing free throw for a three-point play, and JamesOn Curry added a jumper and two free throws for a 71-65 Oklahoma State lead.Aaron Bruce, the Bears' leading scorer, made a driving layup to get Baylor within four but then fouled out with 1:12 to play. The Bears got within 75-72 on Tommy Swanson's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left, but the Cowboys were 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch. The Bears nearly stole an inbounds pass to get one last chance at a tie but the ball deflected out of bounds off Baylor's Patrick Fields with 0.2 seconds left.Curtis Jerrells scored 21 to lead Baylor, which also got 14 from Bruce, 13 from Swanson and 11 from Fields. The Bears have lost 17 straight Big 12 road games."This is a great place to play, a historic place to play, and for our guys to have a chance to win down the stretch here really shows how far we've come as a team," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.Before rallying from an 11-point first-half deficit against the Bears, the largest deficit the Cowboys had recovered from this season was a nine-point margin against Kansas State. They also hadn't won any of the eight previous games when they trailed at halftime.Monds and Jamaal Brown each scored six points during a 12-2 run for Oklahoma State to start the second half. Monds' right-handed hook shot gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 43-42 with 15:26 to play."The first five minutes, I thought we established ourselves and the way that we wanted to play and came out and we were much more aggressive on the defensive end," Sean Sutton said.Jerrells responded with a driving layup at the other end to put Baylor back ahead, but Oklahoma State reeled off another seven points in a row to go up 50-44 on Harris' two free throws with 12:36 remaining.Baylor rallied to take a 62-58 lead following back-to-back baskets by Swanson and Kevin Rogers. Harris then tied the game at 64 when he took advantage of a Boggan steal and raced downcourt for a right-handed dunk.After a Fields free throw, Eaton drove the lane to put the Cowboys ahead to stay.There was no recognition of Sutton's milestone."We can only take part of the credit," Harris said. "All of the rest of the teams, they helped too. It feels good to be part of the team that got him the 1,000th win."
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-55 (.473)||22-50 (.440)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-23 (.348)||3-14 (.214)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-19 (.842)||32-39 (.821)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||28 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|