This afternoon, Big 12 basketball fans were treated to a phenomenal game between Oklahoma State and Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks got off to a tremendous start and built an 18-point lead early in the second half, but there was no quit in the Cowboys. OSU came storming back late, and actually had the ball while trailing by only two on the game’s final possession, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback.
After the game, Marcus Smart was understandably disappointed with the loss — he only shot 3-14 from the field despite racking up 16 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists — but said that the game could still be considered “a moral victory” because of the way the team fought back:
Marcus Smart called the outcome a “moral victory” considering how his team rallied from large deficit in hostile environment in second half.
— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) January 18, 2014
Smart: Having a chance at the end, that’s a moral victory for us. We should have played that well at tipoff #kubball
— Brian Hillix (@DoubleHillix) January 18, 2014
Travis Ford, the Oklahoma State coach, doesn’t completely agree:
Ford: There’s definitely some positives. Quite a few negatives too.
— Blake Schuster (@Schustee19) January 18, 2014
Ford: I don’t think it’s a moral victory but we’ll walk out of here with our head held high no matter what.
— Blake Schuster (@Schustee19) January 19, 2014
Ultimately, it was a tough road loss for Oklahoma State to a very, very talented team — there’s nothing to be ashamed about here. The Jayhawks will travel to Stillwater for the rematch on March 1st.