Oklahoma State’s 16-point second-half lead over No. 6 Kansas evaporated into skinny air on Tuesday evening inside Gallagher-Iba Enviornment, and it appeared as if it was on monitor to as soon as once more fumble away one other late lead. With a soul-crushing 19-5 run by the Jayhawks down the stretch, who would finally erase the deficit to tie it up, it was anybody’s recreation with a minute to play.
However the Pokes held robust within the clutch and got here up with their greatest win of the season, scoring the final 5 factors of the sport to shut out with a 75-70 win.
Fittingly it was Cade Cunningham’s OSU’s dynamo freshman sensation, who sparked the sturdy end. Tied at 70-all, Cunningham provided defensive assist off the weak aspect, swatted a shot on the rim, dove for the unfastened ball and delivered a dime that shortly became two transition factors for freshman Rondel Walker the opposite method. (Walker was fouled and transformed the following free throw to go up by 3.)
Kansas had possibilities to tie the sport, however 3-point makes an attempt from Marcus Garrett and from Ochai Agbaji all missed. And as time expired, OSU put a capper on it in emphatic vogue as Bryce Williams, an Ole Miss switch, slammed dwelling the win.
Williams had a career-high 17 factors and added three steals. But it surely was Cunningham, the late-game ignitor, who paced the Pokes of their greatest win of the season. He completed with 18 factors, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks, with 14 of his 18 coming as OSU constructed its lead within the first half.
Kansas was favored by simply 3.5 factors coming into the sport, a present of respect for an underrated and gifted Oklahoma State crew, but in addition maybe a nod to the sequence historical past between the 2 groups. OSU has now received 5 of its final conferences with Kansas in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the win fingers KU coach Invoice Self – an OSU alumnus – a 6-8 file because the Kansas coach inside Gallagher-Iba.