STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Coach Eddie Sutton called the Oklahoma
State locker room Sunday afternoon and offered words of praise to
"He said that looks like an Oklahoma State basketball team,"
said his son -- and the Cowboys' interim coach -- Sean Sutton. "That
was probably the best compliment he could have given me."
Indeed, the Cowboys played like a team inspired, rather than
distracted, by the recent chaos surrounding Eddie Sutton as they
rode a 22-point, nine-rebound outing from JamesOn Curry to a 81-60
rout of No. 6 Texas.
Many of the 9,053 fans -- a season low for Oklahoma State, due in
part to icy road conditions -- stormed the court after the win,
Oklahoma State's second this season against a ranked opponent. The
Cowboys (14-12, 4-8 Big 12) had lost seven of their previous eight
games, but gave Sutton his 795th career win in a most unlikely
fashion, dominating a team in the running for a No. 1 seed in the
"Obviously I'm very proud of our players. We needed that,"
Sean Sutton said. "Oklahoma State needed that.
"I kept telling them all week long that if they would work hard
and listen, then good things would happen and they would be
rewarded. Everything we asked them to do, and told them what it
would take to win this basketball game, they did."
The emotion was evident in Sean Sutton's voice and his actions.
As the clock wound down, he worked his way down the bench, hugging
It was the third game that Sean Sutton guided the team. Oklahoma
State officials have said that even though Eddie Sutton is on a
medical leave of absence, any Cowboys victories will go on his
Eddie Sutton was injured in an accident Feb. 10 and subsequently
charged with drunk driving. He took the medical leave three days
after the accident and admitted Wednesday that he had an alcohol
Sutton, who underwent treatment for alcoholism in 1987 when he
was the coach at Kentucky, has said he'll seek further treatment
for his drinking problem starting later this week.
There were many signs of support for Sutton at Gallagher-Iba
Arena, where the court is named for Sutton. One prominent banner
read, "Eddie, we love you ... We're behind you All The Way
Coach!!!" Numerous fans wore orange shirts with Sutton's face on
Oklahoma State kept the game at a slower pace in the first half
and limited Texas to 29.2 percent shooting, a combination that a
resulted in a 31-20 halftime lead for the Cowboys.
Conference leader Texas (22-4, 10-2) struggled against the
physical defense and couldn't overcome early foul trouble to guard
Daniel Gibson. The Longhorns led only twice, the last time at 9-8,
and never came closer than 10 points in the final 11:48.
"We came into a place where we knew they would play tough and
play hard," said Texas forward P.J. Tucker, who scored 12 points.
"We knew it was going to be real tough. They came out with more
fire and desire and they did it."
The closest Texas came in the second half was at 40-33 with
12:53 left. David Monds scored seven points and Curry hit two
3-pointers in a subsequent 15-4 run by the Cowboys that ended with
Oklahoma State up 57-39 with 7:19 left.
"We hustled. We trusted each other and we were unified," Curry
said. "There is no such thing as a man-to-man defense. It is a
Mario Boggan and Monds each scored 17 points for Oklahoma State,
which earlier this season upset then-No. 23 Tennessee.
Oklahoma State lost 80-46 to Texas on Jan. 23 in the teams'
previous meeting, but in the rematch, the Cowboys committed only 10
turnovers, their second-lowest total of the season.
"I'm not going to take anything away from them because I
thought they beat us in every way you could be beaten today,"
Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "From looking at my team out there,
I thought they acted like it was going to be (like the first game)
Kenton Paulino scored 12 points for the Longhorns. Center
LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 rebounds but only nine points, seven under
his season average. Oklahoma State's stifling inside defense caused
Aldridge to short-arm several shots.
All four of Texas' losses this season have been by double digits
-- 31 points to Duke, 17 points to Tennessee, 10 points to Oklahoma
and 21 points to Oklahoma State.
"We're a team with great confidence and swagger," Gibson said.
"I know that we've lost a game, but we've got guys on this team
that's going to take on that challenge knowing that we've lost and
come out and prove that we're still a great team."