By Chris Ramirez
Lawrence, KS – Marcus Smart score 25 points and had nine rebounds as Oklahoma State snapped No. 2 Kansas’ 33-game home winning streak in an 85-80 triumph on Saturday. With the Jayhawks trailing by three with less than five seconds remaining, Smart stole the ball away from Elijah Johnson to seal the win. It’s the Cowboys’ first win in Lawrence since 1989. Markel Brown added 28 points for Oklahoma State (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) for their straight win.
Ben McLemore had 23 points to lead the Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1), who had their nation-leading 18-game winning streak snapped. Eight of Smart’s nine rebounds came on the offensive end. Two of them went for putbacks in the span of three possessions to give the Cowboys a five-point margin. Smart then hit two free throws to cap a 13-2 swing for a 75-68 Oklahoma State advantage with 1:12 to play.
A bit later, after Le’Bryan Nash hit two free throws for a 78-72 lead, Andrew White III nailed a 3-pointer, stole the ensuing inbounds pass and drew a foul. He split the pair from the stripe to pull the Jayhawks within 78-76 with 36 ticks left. Phil Forte hit two free throws before White answered with two at the other end. Smart then split a pair with 24.6 to play to make it a one-possession game and Johnson pulled the hosts within 81-80 with a layup with 18.8 seconds remaining and Forte hit two more foul shots at the other end with 7.9 to play. Johnson aggressively drove along the right wing for an apparent dribble- handoff for a potentially game-tying triple, but Smart poked the ball away from Johnson.
The Cowboys used a 16-3 run to open up a 26-12 cushion midway through the opening stanza before heading into the break with a 40-34 edge.