LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Markel Brown let available a new roar. Marcus Smart does a cart-wheel along with a again flip.
Travis Ford exhaled intended for once all game.
After establishing a huge first-half lead, Oklahoma State watched everthing burn off Saturday. But a single from the rare cases of any workforce refusing to reduce at violent Allen Fieldhouse, Brown and Smart managed to hold elements with each other lower the stretch out in opposition to second-ranked Kansas.
Together, these people helped the Cowboys take out a great 85-80 wining this ended the Jayhawks' nation-leading 18-game earning skills along with their particular 33-game skills along at the Phog, too.
"We merely beat certainly one of the most notable coaches and teams inside country, including a excellent workforce at that," said Smart, whom had seven with his 25 items inside ending minutes. "It's tough regarding groups to return straight into their dwelling court and have a victory. We're on the list of couple of clubs that contain done it. We didn't feel it."
That may possibly are the cause of his impromptu gymnastics.
"I has been thus happy regarding the victory," that freshman said, "it just simply came to me to try and do it."
Brown finished with 28 tips with the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12), who had not beaten your top-5 workforce while travelling since knocking over Jayhawks on Jan. 2, 1958.
Oklahoma State gob smacked the particular Jayhawks through creating a 14-point direct in the earliest half, but Kansas had pulled apart onward 64-60 over a 3-pointer through Naadir Tharpe midway over the second half.
The Jayhawks continue to brought by half a dozen as soon as Phil Forte reach your 3-pointer in the side by using 4:15 remaining to commence a new 13-2 charge, enabling Oklahoma State that will seize control.
The Cowboys' expanded that head in order to 77-69 with 50 mere seconds remaining, however the actual Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) managed to experiment with savvy defense and make the most of a new partners not so great totally free throws. Andrew White I's 3-pointer created this 78-75, and his free toss made the item 78-76 together with 36 mere seconds quit while in the game.
Forte, an 89-percent strong shooter, built a pair of along at the line to get back a cushion, as well as White responded to having a couple with his own. Smart added in a free throw, plus Johnson's layup cut the actual Cowboys' bring on 81-80.
Forte steadly made a couple of additional free throws by using 7.9 minutes remaining, and Johnson flipped the golf ball more than in close proximity to mid-court before Kansas could possibly get out of bed a tying 3-point attempt. Forte got ahold on the ball along with laid the item with in the buzzer to punctuate your victory.
"This spot here, it is really one of many biggest conditions in institution basketball, against an awesome basketball team," mentioned Ford, exactly who had already been 1-5 around his coaching vocation in opposition to Kansas. "We discovered some sort of way to avoid it that will score some points. Really very pleased of our effort."
Forte finished having 11 details for any Cowboys, they all from the following half.
Ben McLemore possessed 23 factors to help head Kansas. Kevin Young additional twelve plus Jeff Withey acquired eight because the Jayhawks lost in your house in order to Oklahoma State with the first time because Feb. 8, 1989.
"We haven't much performed good throughout a few 2 or 3 weeks and also whatever," said Jayhawks train Bill Self, exactly who lost for only eighth time period in 165 games with Allen Fieldhouse. "When that you do not enjoy well, you should protect in addition to rebound, and also we all don't make it happen valued at a junk today. We became what we deserved."
Johnson's return inside the closing minutes had been the particular 16th belonging to the activity regarding this negative Jayhawks. They also had 16 previous inside week, every time they struggled for getting earlier West Virginia.
"We don't have a guard," Self said despondently. "We do not have a point guard."
Having one particular sure can be helped from the initial half.
That's when the Cowboys took deal with with a 19-3 run, taking advantage of the Jayhawks' unhealthy wrongdoing whilst receiving the ball from the arms of Brown, that acquired eleven things through surge.
"We must arrive out, impact these individuals in the jaws without let the guests enter it," Brown said.
By the time Brown ended up being fouled by simply Johnson as well as transformed the three-point play having 10:58 kept in your half, Oklahoma State experienced some sort of 26-12 steer number one by simply anybody contrary to the Jayhawks all season.
Kansas at some point journeyed on an 11-3 function of specific to it that will obtain back in to the game, although Brown brought a different 3-pointer from some sort of timeout as well as Oklahoma State mastered to take care of a new 40-34 steer on the break.
Brown concluded the actual first half using 22 points, just not one but two off his or her time of year high. The jr . guard seemed to be 7 with 10 with the field, 5 associated with seven through the arc and also had a few assists.
Brown reach a different 3 outside of halftime prior to Kansas last but not least began that will execute.
McLemore encouraged the way in which by using eleven items throughout a 16-4, momentum-changing run. Twice he done away from alley-oops coming from Johnson, and his lay-in using 13:23 eventually left gave Kansas a 50-47 lead.
Smart and Brown repudiated to help permit the actual Cowboys wilt, though.
Smart, that thought to be Kansas prior to signing using the Cowboys, obtained back-to-back baskets, and Forte ultimately obtained after lacking his first tendencies field-goal attempts. Brown subsequently struck his seventh 3-pointer, draging Oklahoma State within 59-58 along with simply about seven units still left in the game.
Forte added his earliest 3 moments later, plus Michael Cobbins adopted way up a miss by Forte having a significant dunk which authorized the actual Cowboys to restore a 67-66 cause along with 3:45 remaining.
"They received the top associated with us, definitely, on bothersome rebounds," Withey said.
Le'Bryan Nash, that acquired fought just about all gam, beat the shot clock with a jumper together with 2:40 remaining that presented Oklahoma State your 69-68 lead. And inspite of a few tense instances straight down the particular stretch, they have ample with defense and at the foul series to be able to stick on intended for a personal bank victory.
"It's a new big win, succeeding at Kansas. That's among the major victories of our own months proper now," Nash said. "It ended up being the best win, nevertheless we nonetheless desire more."