03/01 22:36 CST No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma
No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma
By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) --- Cade Cunningham scored 13 of his 15 points in the
final 10 minutes to help No. 17 Oklahoma State defeat No. 16 Oklahoma 79-75 on
Monday night, completing a sweep of two games in three days against the rival
Cunningham, a freshman who leads the Big 12 in scoring, had 40 points in
Saturday's 94-90 overtime win. This time, the 6-foot-8 guard was a decoy much
of the night but finished strong in his final home game. He was introduced with
the seniors and is projected by many to be the top pick in this year's NBA
Kalib Boone had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Bryce Williams scored 14 for
the Cowboys (17-6, 10-6 Big 12), who won their fifth straight game overall and
earned their third consecutive win over a ranked opponent.
Brady Manek had 20 points and Austin Reaves added 19 for Oklahoma (14-8, 9-7),
which lost its third straight after climbing to No. 7 in the AP Top 25.
Manek hit three 3-pointers to help Oklahoma take a 23-16 lead. Oklahoma State
rallied, and Rondel Walker's 3 finally put Oklahoma State ahead 32-30.
Oklahoma led 36-35 at halftime behind Manek's 16 points. Cunningham had two
points, no field goals and just two shot attempts in the first half.
Reaves got hot in the second half. He threw down a nasty two-handed dunk in
traffic to put the Sooners up 61-57.
Cunningham's first field goal was a layup with just over seven minutes
remaining. He made another layup 30 seconds later, then the Cowboys worked the
ball around to Williams, whose 3-pointer put them up 66-64.
Oklahoma State led by five in the final minute before Reaves scored on an
offensive rebound and was fouled. His free throw with 7 seconds left cut
Oklahoma State's lead to 77-75.
Cunningham was fouled with 6.3 seconds to play, and he made both to put the
game out of reach.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are safely in the NCAA Tournament field, but their seed
is slipping. They are losing some of the close games they won earlier in the
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are rising quickly and gaining confidence. They
showed they could take advantage of the attention on Cunningham, then close the
Oklahoma hosts No. 15 Texas on Thursday.
Oklahoma State visits No. 3 Baylor on Thursday, then plays at No. 6 West
Virginia on Saturday.
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