Oklahoma State stuns Kansas for historic win
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Another No. 1 went down.
Oklahoma State held on to pull off a huge upset, knocking off No. 1 Kansas 85-80 on Saturday, snapping the Jayhawks’ nation-leading 18-game winning streak.
Ironically, it was the Cowboys’ first road win over a top-5 team since beating then-No. 2 Kansas 52-50 in overtime in 1958.
Markel Brown paced the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) with 28 points, while do-everything point guard Marcus Smart chipped in 25 points, which included a tenacious breakaway dunk over Kansas 7-footer Jeff Withey.
Smart spearheaded a 13-2 Oklahoma State run with a couple of key baskets down the stretch. The Cowboys trailed 66-62 before Smart took over.
The Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) trimmed it to 81-80 on a bucket by Elijah Johnson with 18.8 seconds left. But Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte made two clutch free throws with 7.9 seconds to go to help secure the victory.
Ben McLemore had 23 points in a losing effort.