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Cowboy Basketball to Host Eddie Sutton Night



In one of several eventsscheduled this season to recognize the 75th anniversary of Gallagher-Iba Arena,Oklahoma State's men's basketball program will honor legendary former coachEddie Sutton on Monday, Feb. 3, hosting "Eddie Sutton Night" during its 8 p.m.Big Monday matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones.


All former players underSutton who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact Mary Lewis inthe OSU POSSE office, either by e-mail mary.lewis@okstate.edu or byphone (405-744-4201).


Sutton was the headcoach at Oklahoma State for 16 years and a Division I basketball coach fornearly four decades.


Under his guidance, OSUadvanced to postseason play in 15 of 16 years, including 13 NCAA Tournamentappearances. He won 20 games or more on 13 occasions in his tenure at OklahomaState.


When his career ended in2008, Sutton's 804 victories ranked fifth among all-time Division I coaches,and he ranked behind only Dean Smith in victories through 35 or fewer years ofcoaching.


In his 16 seasons inStillwater, Sutton guided the Cowboys to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, twoFinal Fours, 13 20-win seasons, and seven first- or second-place finishes inconference play. OSU's NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005 marked itseighth-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the longest streak in schoolhistory.


OSU won at least 17games in each of Coach Sutton's years at the helm, no small feat consideringthat OSU teams had reached that level in just four of the previous 25 years.


In 37 years of coachingat the Division I level, Sutton won 804 games while losing just 328 for awinning percentage of 71 percent. He was a four-time national coach of the yearand eight-time league coach of the year.


He took his teams to theNCAA Tournament 26 times in 37 years, including 25 times in his last 30 seasonsas a head coach. OSU's 2004 NCAA Tournament run marked the third Final Fourtrip in his career and his second at OSU.


He had just one losingseason in his 37-year career, and 25 times his teams won at least 20 games in ayear.


As a player at OklahomaState from 1956-58, Sutton was part of the 1958 team that advanced to the NCAATournament. He played guard and averaged 8.3 points per game and led theCowboys in free throw percentage as a junior (.843).


Coach Sutton has beeninducted into several Halls of Fame, including the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame(1983), the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor (1995), the OklahomaSports Hall of Fame (1996), the Oklahoma State University Hall of Honor (1997),the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the Creighton University Hall of Fameand the College of Southern Idaho Hall of Fame.


He graduated fromOklahoma State with a bachelor's degree in 1958 and earned a master's degreefrom OSU in 1959. Sutton was born March 12, 1936, in Bucklin, Kan., andattended Bucklin High School before attending Oklahoma State.

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