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Cunningham, OSU beat Oral Roberts


Oklahoma State forward Kalib Boone, right, dunks in front of Oral Roberts forward Francis Lacis, center, durikng the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER (AP) — Freshman Cade Cunningham scored a season-high 29 points and outdueled Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas down the stretch as Oklahoma State beat the Golden Eagles 83-78 on Tuesday night.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 point guard who is widely projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, scored 13 points in the final 91 seconds. He finished 9-of-18 shooting and hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line — including 4 of 4 in the last 47 seconds.

Abmas, a 6-1 sophomore who averaged 14.5 points per game last season, scored 15 of his career-best 36 points in the final five-plus minutes. He also set career highs with 11 field goals, seven 3-pointers and nine assists, and tied his best with six rebounds.

Abmas hit a 3-pointer and then a jumper to trim ORU’s deficit to 71-68 with 1:47 to play. Cunningham sandwiched a three-point play and a 3-pointer around two free throws by Abmas to push Oklahoma State’s lead to seven points with a minute to play. Abmas hit a 3-pointer and, after Cunningham made two free throws, hit another 3 to make it 79-76 with 38 seconds to go. Cunningham made a layup and two free throws — and Abmas missed two 3-point shots — in the final 17 seconds to seal it.

Freshman Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a career-high 15 points, Kalib Boone scored 11 and twin-brother Keylan Boone added six points, a career-high tying 12 rebounds and two blocks for Oklahoma State (5-0). The Cowboys have won eight consecutive games dating to last season.

Kevin Obanor added 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for Oral Roberts (1-3).

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