After scoring 24 first-half points, OSU came out scorching hot.
The Cowboys defeated their rival, Oklahoma, 72-56. The win gives OSU a 6-1 record in its last seven Bedlam games played at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Sooners went into half with a six-point lead thanks to 15 first half-points from their leading scorer, Grant Sherfield. But the home team would prevail after another 20 minutes.
“I honestly didn’t say much (at halftime), I told them that it’d be a shame if one guy came in here and beat us,” said OSU coach Mike Boynton.
OSU forward Woody Newton, given his first career start tonight, drilled a three-pointer in the opening seconds of the final half. The Cowboys (10-8, 2-4 Big 12) followed that with a 12-3 run that would lead to 48 second-half points, and out of nowhere, they led 36-33.
“(Newton) brings a lot of versatility to our lineup, so I thought we’d give him a shot and give us an opportunity to space the floor a little bit more for Kalib (Boone),” Boynton said. “It can also give you a chance to be more switchable defensively.”
Scoring just four points in the opening half, Cowboys’ guard Bryce Thompson would match Sherfield with a 15-point scoring half of his own to ignite a second-half spark for OSU. Thompson was the game’s leading scorer and would finish with 19 points on 7-12 shooting.
OSU would go on to shoot 55% from the field and 60% from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes, and notably, they limited Sherfield to zero points and no baskets made.
Sherfield was also 0-8 when Avery Anderson, who Boynton previously labeled as OSU’s best perimeter defender, was on the floor.
Although his team exploded in the second-half, Boynton thinks OSU fans were pivotal in Wednesday's win.
“Fifty-percent of that win goes to our players, the other fifty goes to our fans, I’ve been in a handful of loud games but this one ranks up there with the best ones,” said Boynton. “Our crowd was sensational and it really made a difference.”