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Oklahoma State makes overtime pay off again

February 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

After No. 17 Oklahoma State rallied to force a second overtime Saturday against Texas Tech at Stillwater, Okla., Coach Sean Sutton had a message for his Cowboys.

"I reminded them that we've done this before two other times," Sutton said.

As they did in those two previous multiple-overtime games, the Cowboys emerged winners, beating the Red Raiders, 93-91, thanks in large part to Mario Boggan's 35 points and 14 rebounds.

Oklahoma State (19-5 overall, 5-4 Big 12 Conference) rallied from 11 points down in regulation and trailed by seven with 1:30 left in the first overtime before having a chance to win in the final seconds of the period. Tech's Martin Zeno blocked a layup attempt by Marcus Dove to force a second overtime.

The Cowboys scored the first six points of the second overtime to take an 89-83 lead, but Texas Tech (15-10, 4-6) rallied to tie it at 89-89 on a breakaway layup by Michael Prince with 33.9 seconds left.

Oklahoma State held for a final shot. David Monds missed a 15-footer, but Boggan rebounded and scored while being fouled with 4.1 seconds left. He made the free throw.

"When you're in a position to block out, you've got to block out," Texas Tech Coach Bob Knight said.

Dove fouled Tech's Jarrius Jackson near midcourt with 1.3 seconds left, and Jackson made both free throws.

The Red Raiders fouled JamesOn Curry on the ensuing inbounds play, and he made the first of two free throws.

After he missed the second, Zeno's desperation heave fell well short.

"It's a game we had to have. We could not afford to lose a game on our home court," Sutton said. "Our guys showed a lot of grit and a lot of courage."

Coming off road losses to Colorado and Oklahoma, the Cowboys extended their winning streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena to 17 games.

Oklahoma State is 4-0 in overtime games this season, having also beaten Missouri State in one overtime, Pittsburgh in two overtimes and Texas in three overtimes. The Cowboys hadn't gone 4-0 in overtime games since the 1964-65 season.

Texas Tech has lost five in a row since consecutive wins over ranked opponents Kansas and Texas A&M. The Red Raiders have lost seven of eight against Oklahoma State and 18 of the last 23.

Wright State 77, No. 10 Butler 65 -- DaShaun Wood was outstanding on both ends of the floor. He scored 30 points and held Bulldogs star A.J. Graves to 10, leading the Raiders at Dayton, Ohio.

Wright State (19-9, 12-2) moved into first place in the Horizon League, bumping Butler (23-3, 11-2) from the top spot.

Butler shot only 36% from the field, with Graves making three of 16 shots after entering with an average of 17.7 points a game.

No. 22 Georgetown 76, No. 11 Marquette 58 -- The Hoyas (18-5, 8-2 Big East Conference) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the school's program at Washington, with Patrick Ewing and scores of other former players in town to celebrate.

On a day when Ewing was honored as the most popular player on the school's all-century team, Roy Hibbert maintained the legacy of the great Georgetown centers with 23 points and 11 rebounds to help beat the Golden Eagles (21-5, 8-3).

San Diego State 81, Colorado State 66 -- The Aztecs (17-7, 6-4) are coming together just in time to defend their Mountain West Conference title. They matched their best start in 22 years by routing the Rams (14-9, 4-7) at Fort Collins, Colo., as Mohamed Abukar scored 19 points.

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