STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- If his early victories had been as
difficult to attain as his most recent one, Eddie Sutton doesn't
think he'd have made it to fifth on the all-time coaching wins
But with Oklahoma State's 64-54 win against SMU on Saturday
night, Sutton did just that, picking up win No. 787 to move past
Lefty Driesell into sole possession of fifth place.
Sutton, who is 787-300 in his 36-year career, trails only North
Carolina's Dean Smith, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, Texas Tech's Bob
Knight and Jim Phelan of Mount St. Mary's on the all-time list.
"If I had coached very many games like I did tonight in my
early days, I wouldn't be coaching today," said Sutton, 69. "We
didn't play very well tonight."
Fans chanted, "Eddie! Eddie!" as the final 30 seconds ran out,
and Sutton was given a glass award with his likeness and the number
787 carved into it in recognition of the milestone. He dipped his
head and accepted the award as the public address announcer
explained the win's significance, then walked off the court with
his team without saying a word.
"I had such great respect for so many of those people that I
have passed," Sutton said. "I mean, golly, they're great coaches.
They just didn't stay in the game as long as I have. They didn't
have that many victories."
Monds' three-point play midway through the second half sparked a
nine-point run for Oklahoma State. Monds took a pass from Curry and
missed inside, but hustled to the other side of the rim to get the
rebound and put it back.
"Especially playing for coach Sutton, defense is always No.
1," Dove said. "We try to feed our offense off our defense. If we
get two, three, four or five stops in a row and get the crowd
involved, we feel that that will spur our offense to get going."
Brian Morris scored back-to-back baskets inside and Derrick
Roberts' fast-break layup brought SMU (3-3) back within 56-46, but
Jamaal Brown answered with a driving layup for Oklahoma State and
Mario Boggan's two-handed jam put the Cowboys ahead 60-46.
After that, the closest SMU could get was 60-51 after Morris'
two free throws with 52.4 seconds left.
"I started watching coach Sutton teams back in the '70s. He's
one of the coaches I've always looked up to as being one of the
best in the business," SMU coach Jimmy Tubbs said. "For him to
get another milestone, I'm glad I can be a part of it.
"Coach Sutton is a great basketball coach and just a good
person. My hat's always off to a legend like that."
Boggan and Johnson added 12 points each for the Cowboys (6-1),
and Monds scored 11.
Dez Willingham scored 19 and Morris finished with 12 points for
the Mustangs, who have lost eight straight games against Oklahoma
Curry, Oklahoma State's leading scorer, didn't make his first
basket until he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the
Cowboys a 29-23 lead with 2:31 left in the first half.
He added two free throws and a long jumper to get Oklahoma
State's advantage to 33-23 and had a chance to stretch the lead
further, but missed two free throws and a 3-pointer at the
The Mustangs cut a 12-point deficit to 47-40 when Roberts --
SMU's leading scorer -- was fouled and injured while shooting a
jumper, and Willingham replaced him and made both free throws.
After a dizzy Roberts went to the bench, Oklahoma State started
to extend its lead. Roberts, who was averaging 16.2 points,
finished with only six points in 32 minutes.
Despite the win, Sutton said his team is inconsistent.
"This is how a young team performs," Sutton said. "I'm with
them every day. Some days they play well and some days they
With 23 regular-season games, the Big 12 tournament and a
potential postseason berth to go, Sutton needs 13 more wins to
become the fifth coach with 800 wins.
"I think if I am fortunate enough to get to 800, that will be
something that will be very special," Sutton said. "I know I'm
not going to catch Bob (Knight) because Bob's going to coach until
he passes Dean (Smith), so you can forget that deal.
"We'll have to play a lot better than we're playing or I'll be
retired next year, having to coach another year to get 800."