STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- After so many wins on the court at
Gallagher-Iba Arena, Eddie Sutton's name will be forever associated
with the hardwood floor.
After Sutton passed mentor Henry Iba for seventh place in career
coaching wins with the sixth-ranked Cowboys' 83-73 victory over Iowa State on Saturday,
Oklahoma State officials announced that the court would be named
after the legendary coach.
"It means a great deal," Sutton said. "It is quite an
Iba was present when Sutton was hired at Oklahoma State in 1990,
but died on Jan. 15, 1993 -- exactly 12 years before Sutton would
pass him in career wins.
"Those three years, I was so fortunate to have the opportunity
to really get closer to him," Sutton said. "Mr. Iba was such a
wonderful man, but at times he was pretty private.
"When we'd send those student managers out to get him, he'd
come down to practice and we had great conversations. He certainly
gave to me as a player and then as a graduate assistant. All the
things I learned gave me a very strong foundation as far as a
Sutton was a little disappointed in the manner his team used to
earn him win No. 768. After building a 19-point second-half lead,
the Cowboys (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) lacked the stingy, controlling
defense that Sutton -- and before him, Iba -- instilled at Oklahoma
The Cowboys led 61-42 after hitting five of six free throws that
resulted from an offensive foul against Jared Homan and two
technical fouls against Cyclones coach Wayne Morgan for objecting
to the call.
With their coach ejected, the Cyclones (8-6, 0-3) rallied for
eight straight points and trailed 61-50 after Curtis Stinson's
3-pointer from the left side.
Using a trapping defense, the Cyclones took advantage of
Oklahoma State miscues and pulled within 75-70 following a 7-0 run
that Will Blalock capped with two free throws with 2:16 to go.
Blalock made it 79-73 with a driving layup with just over 1
minute to play, but McFarlin drilled a 3-pointer with the shot
clock ticking down to ice the victory with 34 seconds left.
It was only McFarlin's second 3-pointer of the season.
"I shoot it when I'm wide open and I feel confident," McFarlin
said. "It was just one of those situations when the clock was
going down, Daniel [Bobik] saw me and I did my checklist. I made
sure my elbow was in and followed through, and it went in.
"I didn't know whether to run to the locker room after the 3 or
just sit down. It was a great moment for me. That'll be something
I'll cherish forever."
Stinson had 20 points to lead the Cyclones, Blalock scored 15,
Homan had 13 and Rahshon Clark 12. The Cyclones have lost 13
straight in Stillwater and haven't beaten Oklahoma State at
Gallagher-Iba Arena since March 2, 1988.
The Cyclones led by as many as five points late in the first
half before the Cowboys charged back for a 30-28 halftime lead.
Then, they started to pull away.
Bobik hit a fast-break layup to start an 11-4 run that put the
Cowboys ahead 44-34 early in the second half, and Oklahoma State
was in control from there.
McFarlin, Graham and Terrence Crawford had three-point plays as
the Cowboys used quick cuts to the basket to get around a sagging
Iowa State zone defense that had slowed their offense in the first
By the time Bobik hit a 3-pointer in transition from the right
wing, the Cowboys were comfortably ahead 56-42. On the Cyclones'
ensuing possession, Homan, their leading rebounder, was called for
his third foul and Morgan's two technical fouls helped dig a deeper
hole for the Cyclones.
"He fights for us and we fight for him," Stinson said. "Coach
is our leader and he fought for us out there today."
After the game, Oklahoma State officials honored Sutton with a
plaque and made the announcement about Eddie Sutton Court.
Sutton thanked his wife, Patsy, and all the assistant coaches
and players who've helped him in his career at Creighton, Arkansas,
Kentucky and the last 15 years at Oklahoma State.
He was also thankful to Iba -- who he still calls "Mr. Iba" --
for giving him a chance.
"I would never have been able to go to college without a
scholarship," Sutton said. "Mr. Iba gave me a scholarship. My
parents didn't pay my way to go to school.
"I got a quality education here, and these 15 years have kind
of been a way I feel I've repaid a little of what OSU gave to me."