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Instacap: Cowboys Fall to Sooners 66-62 in Overtime

The Cowboys fall in third-straight OT thriller.



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Oklahoma State lost to Oklahoma 66-62 in overtime after an Avery Anderson in-bounds pass was picked off by Marvin Johnson. The Sooner guard laid it in to put Oklahoma up four with 15 seconds left. OSU had no timeouts remaining.

The end was disappointing for the Cowboys who had beaten their in-state rival in four consecutive meetings coming in, but the fact that they were in that position at all was quite the accomplishment given the way most of the game had gone.

The Cowboys used a 7-0 run over the last 92 seconds of regulation to force overtime and then took a 62-61 lead with 2:22 left in the third period when Anderson split two defenders and laid one in at the rim. It was OSU’s first lead since the 12:37 mark in the first half.

Anderson led all scorers with 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting, grabbed a six rebounds and dished three assists. He made all eight of his free throws. But it was that final in-bounds pass that he’ll probably remember the most.

The Sooners made four of their first five shots from the field to build a 10-2 lead while the Cowboys started 0-for-4. The Cowboys answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead thanks in large part to their full-court press and four quick ensuing OU turnovers.

But the Sooners blew the game open, outscoring OSU 15-1 over the next six minutes to double up the Pokes 25-12. Oklahoma was able to keep the Cowboys at arm’s length for the next 20-plus minutes of regulation.

If you’ve watched Oklahoma State basketball much this season, you’ve heard this before. The Cowboys struggled to manufacture points in the half court and suffered through long stretches in which they couldn’t get anything going on offense.

This nice finish by Anderson in the first half ended a seven minute scoring draught for the Cowboys.

A moment later, Anderson dialed up the hoop from long distance.

But for much of the game, plays like this were too few and too far between.

But if you’ve heard that first statement, you’ve also seen this second one in action. The Cowboys do not seem to have the ability to quit.

The Sooners were able to keep the Cowboys at bay for most of the second half, but in the final two minutes things devolved into Bedlam.

A series of turnovers, starting with a controversial in-bounds TO by OU, gave the Cowboys an opening, and they took advantage.

Then Isaac Likekele found Moussa Cisse on a pick-and-roll to complete the comeback. The Pokes would hold off a Sooner shot to send it to overtime.

Over the final two and a half minutes of regulation, the Pokes outscored OU 11-4 to send the game to extra time. With all the balls bouncing all over the place inside Lloyd Noble Center, the last couple bounced the Sooners’ way.

It makes for the third-straight overtime game for OSU, a program record. The Cowboys, went 1-2 in that stretch.

Cisse fouled out with 31 seconds left in overtime, but in just 22 minutes he scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. Bryce Thompson added nine points and three assists. Isaac Likekele scored six, grabbed five boards and dished out a team-high four assists.

With the loss, the Cowboys move to 13-15 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 play. Next up, the Cowboys head to Ames for their final road game of the season where they’ll take on Iowa State at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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