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College Basketball Roundup : Oklahoma, No. 1 in Nation, Loses in Home State, 77-73

February 05, 1989|From Associated Press

The No. 1 jinx hit Oklahoma Saturday as the Sooners, in only their second game as the nation's top-ranked team, lost to Big Eight rival Oklahoma State, 77-73, at Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys outrebounded Oklahoma, 55-43, outshot the Sooners, 43% to 39%, and blocked a Big Eight-record 16 shots compared to 5 for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma follows Duke and Illinois as the latest team to lose after being No. 1. The Sooners (18-3 overall, 5-1 in the Big Eight) moved up from No. 4 last Monday.

"They did an outstanding job today," Sooner Coach Billy Tubbs said of the Cowboys. "They're physically as good as anybody we've played this year."

Richard Dumas led the Cowboys (13-6, 4-2) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Thomas Jordan added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Byron Houston had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan had 7 blocks, Houston had 6 and Dumas 3.

"The big difference in the game, and to their credit, is they just beat us on the boards," said Tubbs.

Oklahoma State didn't clinch the victory until freshman Darwyn Alexander made 2 free throws with 22 seconds left for the final points.

Tony Martin, who scored 22 points, gave Oklahoma a 73-72 lead on a basket with 2:50 left. Houston, also a freshman, tied the score with a free throw 13 seconds later.

After Oklahoma's Terrence Mullins missed the front end of a one-and-one with 2:14 left, Houston scored to make it 75-73 with 1:35 left.

Mookie Blaylock had a chance to tie the score with 1:22 remaining, but he also missed on the first of a one-and-one. Jordan missed a jumper at the other end, but Dumas got the offensive rebound and passed to Alexander.

Sooner center Stacy King scored 18 points, 6 below his average, and had only 4 points in the final 18 minutes.

Missouri 73, Kansas State 68--Gary Leonard's 22 points helped the No. 5 Tigers withstand a rally by the Wildcats in the Big Eight game at Columbia, Mo., to become the first Division I team to win 20 games this season.

The Tigers (20-3, 6-0) have won 11 straight and are 15-1 since losing to North Carolina Dec. 3.

Two free throws by Byron Irvin put Missouri ahead, 71-66, with 28 seconds left. After the Wildcats (12-6, 3-3) turned the ball over, Irvin was called for an offensive foul, and Steve Henson made both free throws to make it 71-68 with 9 seconds remaining. Doug Smith clinched the victory by making 2 free throws with 7 seconds left.

Louisville 101, Memphis State 85--Kenny Payne scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half and Felton Spencer took charge down the stretch to lead the No. 7 Cardinals to the Metro Conference victory at Memphis.

The Cardinals (16-3, 5-0) appeared in control after Payne led them to a 50-32 halftime lead, but had to survive two Tiger rallies.

Memphis State (14-8, 3-3) outscored Louisville, 13-0, at the start of the second half to cut the Cardinal lead to 50-45 and pulled to within 82-73 with 5:05 left with a 10-0 run.

Payne's basket early in the second half increased the lead to 56-49. Spencer, who finished with 22 points, scored 8 straight points later in the half to give the Cardinals a 90-75 lead with 3:23 remaining.

Florida State 66, Cincinnati 65--Tat Hunter's tip-in with 2 seconds left capped a rally that erased a 13-point deficit in the final 9 minutes and gave the No. 8 Seminoles the Metro Conference victory at Cincinnati.

Andre Tate scored 15 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to give the Bearcats a 54-41 lead with 9:10 remaining. Florida State (17-2, 5-1) went on a 16-7 run to close to 61-57 with 3 minutes left.

George McCloud made 2 baskets to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, 64-63, with 1:02 remaining. But Elnardo Givens' jumper put Cincinnati (10-8, 1-4) ahead with 20 seconds left.

Seton Hall 105, Boston College 82--The No. 10 Pirates used their height advantage and accurate free- throw shooting to beat the Eagles in the Big East game at Newton, Mass.

Seton Hall (19-3, 6-3) made 33 of 40 foul shots, and Boston College was 15 for 24 in getting its sixth straight loss. The Eagles (8-10, 1-7), beaten at home by Seton Hall for the first time since 1970, were forced to shoot from outside much of the time, and made only 9 of 28 from 3-point range.

John Morton scored 20 points for the Pirates, who outrebounded the Eagles, 49-28. Dana Barros, who extended his 3-point streak to 59 games, led the Eagles with 28 points.

Michigan 82, Michigan State 66--Glen Rice scored 8 of his 29 points during a 16-4 run late in the second half, and the No. 11 Wolverines overcame a 6-point halftime deficit to down the Spartans in a Big Ten game at Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Spartans (12-7, 3-6) led, 31-25, at halftime, but Michigan (17-4, 5-3), with Terry Mills scoring 7 of his 17 points, went on a 15-8 run to take its first lead, 40-39, on a hook by Loy Vaught with 14:16 left. A 3-pointer by Michigan State's Kirk Manns tied it, 48-48, with 10:03 left when Michigan made its big run.

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