Oklahoma State Stuns No. 2 Kansas, Snaps 33-Game Home Winning Streak
Oklahoma State shocked the world and defeated the No. 2-ranked Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas' 33-game winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse comes to an end after Oklahoma State's 85-80 win. It is the first time Kansas lost at home since Jan. 22, 2011 when it lost to Texas, 74-63.
The Cowboys drew first blood in the game and dominated the first half. Their largest lead of the game came midway through the first half as the Cowboys held a 14-point lead against the Jayhawks.
Kansas had a hard time connecting on its three-point shooting while Oklahoma State was able to sink shots from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line. The Cowboys made 19 of 25 free throws while Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was successful seven of 10 times from three-point shooting.
Despite the big deficit, Kansas rebounded and took the lead in the second half. But its largest lead of the game was only four for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma State's starting lineup was too much for Kansas to handle. Brown led all scorers with 28 points as Marcus Smart finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.
Kansas manufactured four points in the final 30 seconds of the game and had a chance to tie the game while down by three after Phil Forte made two free throws with seven seconds to go.
However, Elijah Johnson, who averages over three turnovers per game, lost control of the ball with three seconds to go. Forte received Smart's pass after the steal and finished by making the shot before the buzzer sounded to rub salt to the wound.
What does this mean for Kansas moving forward?
There is no doubt that Kansas head coach Bill Self must use this game as a learning tool for his players, who have found themselves in some close conference battles so far this year against Iowa State, Kansas State and West Virginia.
Although Kansas lost its first conference game of the season, the Jayhawks remain on top of the Big 12. The players know they can still control the conference, but if they don't improve from their recent sloppy conference play, the Big 12 will open up and teams, such as Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, have a shot at taking the conference away from Kansas after winning it the past eight years.
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