STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—It just wouldn’t have been the Bedlam game without a little last-minute craziness.
Byron Eaton scored a season-high 17 points and David Monds added 11 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 13 Oklahoma State hold off a last-minute charge from Oklahoma for a 66-61 win in the rivalry game Monday night.
“I’m glad it wasn’t like the Texas game,” said Eaton, whose Cowboys needed three overtimes for their last win against Texas last week. “I told everybody, `Just stay up three points. The worst thing that can happen is we can go into overtime.”’
David Godbold and Austin Johnson sandwiched 3-pointers around a pair of missed free throws by Oklahoma State’s JamesOn Curry to close a seven-point gap to 62-61 with 25.9 seconds left.
Mario Boggan hit two free throws after being fouled following the ensuing inbounds pass, and walk-on Tyler Hatch hit two more with four seconds to play after grabbing the rebound on a missed 3-pointer by Johnson that could’ve tied it.
“We didn’t get as good a look as we would have liked to have gotten,” said Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, who said the Sooners were looking for their first open shot, not necessarily a 3-pointer. “You have to credit their defense there. They played with a sense of urgency that possession.”
The Cowboys had started to inch away after Oklahoma (11-7, 3-3) had scored six straight points to close within 43-42 on Nate Carter’s fast-break layup. Eaton gave Oklahoma State a 55-46 lead with a floater on the left side that bounced off both sides of the rim before falling through the net.
It was 60-52 after Curry turned an offensive rebound into a layup, but then the Sooners, who’d hit only 3-of-19 from 3-point range, started connecting from long distance.
Godbold hit a 3 to cut the gap to 60-55 and another after Monds answered with a jumper from the left elbow.
The rally came up just short, though.
“We had them down seven and then they got back within one, and then we had them down seven again. We were just trying to put it away, but they just kept coming back,” Eaton said.
“The big thing we did was we just kept the lead and didn’t let them get back on top.”
Curry and Boggan, the nation’s No. 2 scoring tandem with a combined 40.5-point average, were each held to 12 points. Curry shot 3-for-10 and Boggan took a season-low five shots.
But the Cowboys got more than usual from Monds and Eaton, who committed a costly foul in the most recent Bedlam game.
“At the beginning of the game, coach told us that this game was going to be decided on the X-factor,” Monds said. “Of course, Mario and J.O. are big time players, but other guys are going to have to step up their games.
“It was time for me and Eaton to step our games up tonight and carry our team.”
Eaton, a sophomore point guard, was 4-for-7 from the field and 8-for-9 at the free-throw line. He didn’t commit a turnover in 28 minutes.
“I knew they weren’t going to let me get to the basket, so I was just going to see how far they were going to go off on me,” Eaton said. “I was able to get to the free-throw line a lot and shoot my little pull-up jumper.”
Carter had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Oklahoma, and Michael Neal scored 13.
Eaton’s blocking foul with 0.6 seconds left allowed Oklahoma to escape with a 67-66 win in Norman in the final Bedlam game last season. The lead changed hands three times in the final nine seconds in that game, and this one appeared poised for a similar ending for a few moments.
“We can’t continue to play around with people,” Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton said. “Eventually that’s going to catch up with you.”
Oklahoma, the Big 12’s second-stingiest defense, held Oklahoma State well below its 82.6-point average and stayed in the game despite getting 24 fewer free-throw tries.
Sutton, in his second Bedlam game after subbing for father Eddie last year, denied Capel the chance to be the first Oklahoma coach to win his first game in Stillwater since John MacLeod in 1967-68.
But the Sooners got off to a strong start behind Carter and Neal.
The duo combined to score all of Oklahoma’s points as the Sooners jumped out to an early 15-8 lead. The Cowboys scored seven straight points to tie it at 17 on Boggan’s spinning layup under the basket.
The Cowboys went ahead 22-21 on Curry’s 3-pointer, but the Sooners came back with seven straight points—again all by Carter and Neal.
The two teamed up for 28 points in the first half, but the Cowboys still led 38-34 after closing on a 16-6 run.