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OSU wins in overtime at Texas Tech


Oklahoma State’s Avery Anderson III, bottom, and Texas Tech’s Mac McClung, top, fight for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Bryce Williams scored 15 points in his first start for Oklahoma State, including a steal and breakaway dunk in overtime as the Cowboys held on to beat No. 13 Texas Tech 82-77 on Saturday.

Issac Likeleke and Avery Anderson III both had 17 points for the Cowboys (7-2, 1-2), who needed overtime after blowing an 11-point lead in the second half. They lost their first two conference games by a combined four points.

Mac McClung led Texas Tech (8-3, 1-2) with 21 points. He hit a 3-pointer to start the overtime period, but those were his last points before he fouled out with 1:06 left.

Oklahoma State lost Big 12 leading scorer Cade Cunningham when the freshman guard fouled out in overtime, and was up only a point after Tech made a free throw. Cunningham, who was averaging 19.1 points a game, finished with 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

The Cowboys responded after that, stretching the stretch when Keylan Boone had a second-effort putback basket and added a free throw after being fouled. Williams followed with his breakaway after picking off a pass by McClung.

The Cowboys had a 45-34 lead after Likekele’s jumper with 16:14 left, the last time they led by double digits. Edwards hit a 3-pointer that started a tying 15-4 run, with Texas Tech getting even at 49 on a free throw by Marcus Santos-Silva with 8:58 left.

There were then seven lead changes, with Texas Tech going ahead when Terrence Shannon Jr. had a rebound and putback after Kyler Edwards missed a 3-pointer from the corner.

Likekele drove for a layup with 43 seconds left in regulation but missed a free throw that would have tied the game. Cunningham evened it at 68 with 27 seconds left, and Edwards was called for a foul away from the ball with the Red Raiders trying to set up a game-winning score.

The Cowboys jumped to an early 22-10 lead during a stretch when Williams made three 3-pointers, and Likekele scored five points in a row before Edwards and McClung hit back-to-back 3s for Tech.

A later 3 by McClung pulled the Red Raiders within 26-23. But Oklahoma State got a 3 from Cunningham in another 7-0 run to stretch its lead again.


Oklahoma State plays its third consecutive Top 25 team, at home against No. 9 West Virginia on Monday night.

Texas Tech plays at Kansas State on Tuesday night.

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