Northwestern St. 68, Oklahoma St. 64
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—Byron Eaton missed a game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds left and Oklahoma State fell short in its comeback bid, losing 68-64 to Northwestern State Monday night.
It was only the Cowboys’ second non-conference home loss in coach Eddie Sutton’s 16 years at Oklahoma State (6-2).
After falling behind by as much as 13 points in the second half, Oklahoma State trimmed the deficit to 65-64 on a 3-pointer by Jamaal Brown with 11 seconds remaining.
The Cowboys quickly fouled, putting Northwestern State’s Clifton Lee on the line. Lee made both foul shots, giving the Demon’s a three-point lead before Eaton’s final shot fell short.
Lee, who led all players with 24 points, added another free throw in the final second to seal the win.
Brown, whose two 3-pointers in the final minute gave the Cowboys a chance, was 5-of-9 from three-point range and led Oklahoma State with 18 points.
JamesOn Curry, the Cowboys lone returning starter, did not score in the game and fouled out with 1:10 to play in the second half.
Northwestern State (4-2) won for the first time in six matchups with the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State led early, as Brown sparked a 15-4 run that gave the Cowboys a 19-11 lead with 9:03 to play in the half. But Northwestern State answered with a 12-2 run, taking a 23-21 lead on an inside shot by Kerwin Forges with 5:08 remaining.
Oklahoma State trailed 32-29 at halftime.
David Monds scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Cowboys. Northwestern State’s Jermaine Wallace scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the Demons.