Feb 7, 2015 5:53 PM
Oklahoma State stuns No. 8 Kansas 67-62
The Associated Press
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Le'Bryan Nash scored 18 points to help Oklahoma State upset No. 8 Kansas 67-62 on Saturday.
Oklahoma State trailed by 11 at halftime, but the Cowboys held the Jayhawks to 27 percent shooting in the second half. Oklahoma State students stormed the court after beating the Jayhawks at home for the second straight year.
Anthony Hickey added 15 points for the Cowboys (16-7, 6-5 Big 12), who were coming off a win over No. 25 Texas on Wednesday. Phil Forte, Oklahoma State's leading scorer for the season, had flu-like symptoms and was limited to 29 minutes. He finished with 13 points.
Oklahoma State beat a ranked opponent at home for the third time this season and improved to 11-2 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Wayne Selden, Jr. scored 15 points, and Perry Ellis, Frank Mason III and Brannen Greene each added 10 points for the Jayhawks (19-4, 8-2), who had won five straight.
Oklahoma State overcame an 11-point halftime deficit, and Nash's spinning left-handed layup put the Cowboys up 59-52 with 7:21 to play.
Kansas rallied back, but a steal by Jeff Newberry led to a fast-break layup by Hickey that gave Oklahoma State a 65-61 lead with 2:32 remaining.
Nash missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 53 seconds left to give Kansas a chance, but the Jayhawks couldn't score, and Hickey made a layup at the other end to make it a 67-62 game with 20 seconds to play.
Kansas led 16-13 when Nash was called for a charge, his second foul, with 10:52 left in the first half. With Nash on the bench, Kansas went on a 10-1 run to take a 26-14 lead. Kansas boosted its edge to 30-17 before the Cowboys rallied. Mitchell Solomon's baseline jam on a nice find by Newberry cut Kansas' lead to 30-24, forced a timeout and brought the crowd back into the game.
A 3-pointer by Greene in the final minute of the half put the Jayhawks up 41-30 at the break. Kansas shot 57 percent in the first half to overcome 11 turnovers.
Oklahoma State opened the second half with a flurry. A dunk by Michael Cobbins cut Kansas' lead to 42-38 two minutes in. A 3-pointer by Hickey cut Oklahoma State's deficit to a point, and Forte's 3-pointer put the Cowboys ahead, and it was a game the rest of the way.
Kansas: Mason III was issued a technical foul with 2:40 left in the first half after a scramble for the ball near the Oklahoma State bench. ... Coach Bill Self played for Oklahoma State from 1981-1985 and is from Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State: Nash has scored in double figures every game this season. ... The Cowboys shot 36 percent in the first half. ... Forte took just six shots from the field.
Kansas: At Texas Tech on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State: At Baylor on Monday.