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Oklahoma State basketball, wrestling suffer rivalry losses in front of sellout weekend crowds

Feb. 26—Gallagher-Iba Arena has never held more disappointed fans in one weekend.

More than 25,000 people were in the building to see Javian McCollum's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Oklahoma over Oklahoma State in overtime of potentially the last Bedlam basketball on Saturday, and Iowa dominating Cowboys wrestling to end a previously perfect season on Sunday.

The shot that may have ended BedlamFrom the press seating high behind the basket, it seemed unlikely that McCollum would be able to get a good shot.

Trailing a point with five seconds in overtime, he ran hard for the rim, but Jamyron Keller wouldn't let him. He then backed up to the 3-point line and picked up his dribble with his off-hand.

However,, he didn't get a good shot up. Yet, the ball dropped through the net.

McCollum and the Sooners won the game 84-82 and potentially ended the Bedlam series in the best way they could have imagined — by ripping OSU fans' hearts out.

"It's really unfortunate for our guys and our fans, who showed up here in a tremendous way, that we came up short," coach Mike Boynton said. "Everybody put so much effort into the day. ...

"As hard as it is to accept the ball going in for them, I know that's part of the game. What better can you do on that possession?"

For Javon Small, the game shouldn't have come down to that possession. The junior guard, who has been the team's best player all year, missed a free throw with four seconds left in regulation that would have given OSU the lead.

"He didn't lose the game, but the game was there for him to win," Boynton said. "He takes a lot of pride in being in those moments, and I'm sure he feels bad that he didn't deliver for his team because that's what he cares about most."

Cowboy basketball hasn't hosted an environment like that in a long time — and may never again. Boynton and OU coach Porter Moser have expressed their interest in continuing the Bedlam series, but their athletic directors have remained mum.

And Boynton wore his desire to win on Saturday on his sleeve, literally.

He took off his traditional orange jacket, the one he wears for every home Bedlam, and flung it over his head in excitement during a timeout. The crowd was hyped.

"About as much as I wanted any game I've ever played in or coached in because it could be (the last one)," Boynton said. "I understand the gravity of the game, the series, what it means to everybody in the state."

Iowa crashes OSU's high expectationsCowboy wrestling had its third largest crowd ever, and everyone was witness to an absolute beatdown.

Iowa 22, Oklahoma State 9.

Coach John Smith's first words at his press conference spoke for all OSU fans.

"I wasn't expecting that," Smith said. "That's for damn sure."

Daton Fix, Jordan Williams and Dustin Plott won, but all the other Cowboys disappointed — especially Izzak Olejnik and Konner Doucet, who were on the losing end of upsets.

"I wish we could have pleased (the fans) a little bit more and gave them something to cheer about," Smith said. "This team is better than that. They didn't perform well tonight for one reason or another. Come back and see this team wrestle again. They'll be better."

Smith said the outcome was the result of an Iowa team that had been "bruised up" in other dual meets going against a team that hadn't.

"We have now. Let's see what we can do from this point forward," Smith said. "It'll be easy for me to move forward?"

But what about his wrestlers?

"We got enough competitors on the team that we'll be fine," Smith said. "We just need to grow up a little bit, learn some lessons from it and go kick ass in the Big 12."