Phil Forte stepped to the foul line and Marcus Smart couldn't bear to watch, so with 2.9 seconds left on the clock in a tie game, Oklahoma State's star freshman turned around.
Lined up along the lane, Smart simply turned around.
He only knew that Forte's foul shot had been made by the roar of the crowd.
Forte added the second of his two free throws a moment later, allowing No. 14 Oklahoma State to survive after blowing a 20-point lead for a 74-72 victory over Pierre Jackson and pesky Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
''In close games like that, he's at the free-throw line, it's a tradition I do,'' Smart said of the decisive free throw. ''Turn around, relieve some of the pressure off him, having to look his teammate in the eyes, and he hit a big-time shot at a big moment.''
Jackson got a good look at a potential winning 3-pointer after Forte's two free throws, racing up the sideline opposite the benches. He pulled up from the wing and let go a ...