Marist 67

(25-8, 14-4 MAAC)

Oklahoma St 64

(22-13, 6-10 Big 12)

10:00 PM ET, March 13, 2007

Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma

1 2 T
MRST 37 3067
OKST 26 3864

Top Performers

Marist: W. Whittington 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Oklahoma St: M. Boggan 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

Marist gets first tournament win, at Oklahoma St.

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Marist had never played against a Big 12 Conference team before Tuesday night. Now they can claim to be undefeated against the league.

Will Whittington scored 31 points and Marist upset Oklahoma State 67-64 on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Marist, seeded seventh in the East Regional, became only the third non-conference opponent to win at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the Cowboys' last 140 games against such teams. The Red Foxes (25-8) advanced to play North Carolina State in the second round.

It was Marist's first victory ever in the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

"I'd just like to say for our program and our conference, this is a great win," said Marist coach Matt Brady, whose team won the regular-season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title.

"For our kids [who wanted to play in the NCAA Tournament]... it makes up for it to win on the road against a terrific team with the pedigree and history that [Oklahoma State] has and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to move on."

Second-seeded Oklahoma State, which opened 15-1 this season and once was ranked as high as No. 9, finished with a 22-13 record.

The loss seemed to hurt Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton even more than last year's 62-59 season-ender in the NIT at Miami.

"[This] was a great example of one team that wanted to play, that cared about being in this tournament, and one team that had a few guys that would rather be on spring break," Sutton said.

"I thought they would care. I knew they were disappointed [not to reach the NCAAs but] I certainly expected a lot better effort tonight. I played the guys that the game meant the most to and I probably waited a little bit too long on a few guys."

Sutton later acknowledged he was referring to the team's only seniors -- Mario Boggan and David Monds, who played a combined six minutes in the second half.

Marist trailed only for the first three minutes. The Red Foxes' largest lead came at 17. They led 47-30 with 16 minutes left and 52-35 with 13:43 left before Oklahoma State rallied behind the 3-point shooting of Terrel Harris.

Harris, scoreless in the first half, went 3-of-4 from behind the arc and had 11 points in the second half.

Oklahoma State pulled to 65-64 with 43.7 seconds to go on a 3-pointer by freshman Obi Muonelo. Whittington, who went 10-of-10 from the line, made two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to extend Marist's lead to 67-64.

The Red Foxes fouled Oklahoma State's Byron Eaton with 3 seconds left. Eaton missed both free throws, the second deliberately. The rebound went to Muonelo, who missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Whittington went 5-of-13 from 3-point range. Ryan Stilphen added 16 points for Marist.

Boggan and Muonelo each had 12 points and six rebounds for Oklahoma State. JamesOn Curry added 11 points for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State led 4-0 early, but Marist seized control with a 13-1 over the next five minutes. By halftime, the Red Foxes had a 37-26 lead after hitting 8-of-15 three-pointers and outrebounding Oklahoma State 23-11.

Marist held that 12-rebound advantage at the end of the game, but sank only 2-of-13 3-point attempts in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 67 64
FG Made-Attempted 21-57 (.368) 21-47 (.447)
3P Made-Attempted 10-28 (.357) 8-22 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 14-21 (.667)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 17 4


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