STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State nearly knocked off a top-three team last week. The Cowboys got the job done this time.
Freshman Jawun Evans had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Oklahoma State upset No. 3 Kansas 86-67 on Tuesday night.
The Cowboys (10-8, 2-4 Big 12) almost beat then-No. 2 Oklahoma six days earlier, but they missed a last-second 3-pointer and lost by two. They then lost at Texas on Saturday, their fourth straight defeat.
During a players-only meeting Monday, the team decided how it would approach Kansas.
"We said to ourselves that we would just come out from the beginning and play desperately, and whatever happened, happened," guard Jeff Newberry said. "We knew that we were going to give it all this game and that we had to learn from our past games. That was just our focus coming in."
Oklahoma State's fans lost enthusiasm early this season when top returning scorer and captain Phil Forte suffered an elbow injury he hasn't returned from. That the win over Kansas came in front of a home arena that was barely half full couldn't steal coach Travis Ford's joy.
"It was a great win. It was a great win," Ford said. "I told our team that it was one of the great wins that I've been a part of, just from the fact of what we've been through as a team. A lot of people would give up on this team, say certain things, but we've been through a lot injury-wise. But to perform at the level we performed at tonight — I was so pleased with these guys."
Oklahoma State shot 50 percent from the field, made 11 of 21 3-pointers and outrebounded the Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2) 38-31.
G'TOWN 81, NO. 5 XAVIER 72: Tre Campbell had a career-high 21 points, and the Hoyas built a double-digit second-half lead then held on to hand the Musketeers (16-2, 4-2 Big East) their first home loss of the season.
NO. 7 MARYLAND 62, N'WESTERN 56, OT: Melo Trimble had 18 points, Diamond Stone made a pivotal three-point play with 1:13 left in overtime and the host Terrapins (17-2, 6-1 Big Ten) squeezed past the scrappy, hustling Wildcats.
NO. 8 SMU 77, HOUSTON 73: Nic Moore had 23 points and Markus Kennedy added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the host Mustangs (18-0, 7-0 AAC), who rallied to remain the only unbeaten team in Division I-A.
NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 71, LSU 57: Jalen Jones had 20 points and freshman Tyler Davis tied a season high with 18 as the host Aggies (16-2, 6-0 SEC) won their ninth straight game.
NO. 13 UVA 69, CLEMSON 62: Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points and Anthony Gill had two big baskets late as the host Cavaliers (14-4, 3-3 ACC) squandered most of a 13-point lead then held on.
NO. 16 PROVIDENCE 71, NO. 18 BUTLER 68: Ben Bentil had 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and the host Friars (16-3, 4-2 Big East) rallied late. The Bulldogs (13-5, 2-4) have lost four straight games to ranked foes.
NO. 24 S.C. 77, OLE MISS 74, OT: Michael Carrera had 19 points, Laimonas Chatkevicius added 17 and the visiting Gamecocks (17-1, 4-1 SEC) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit.
NO. 25 INDIANA 103, ILLINOIS 69: Troy Williams had 21 points and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell finished with 16 points and nine assists for the host Hoosiers (16-3, 6-0 Big Ten), who won their 11th straight game and set a school record with 19 3-pointers. Ferrell, a senior guard, broke Michael Lewis' school record for assists with his 546th and finished the game with 553.
CAL: Senior point guard and leading scorer Tyrone Wallace will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.
UNC GREENSBORO: Michael Jordan's nephew transferred from Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sophomore guard Justin Jordan must sit out two semesters due to NCAA transfer rules.
NO. 21 MICH. ST. 59, RUTGERS 48: Aerial Powers had 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Spartans (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten) closed on a 19-4 run.