Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS – Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. 12 seed Oregon State neutralized Oklahoma State and star freshman Cade Cunningham, rolling to an 80-70 upset. Oklahoma State began pressuring late in the first half with some success, and it continued in the second half. AdINSIDE DOMINANCEOregon State outrebounded Oklahoma State 52-32 and blocked 11 shots. Oregon State committed 24 fouls, and Oklahoma State made 26 of 38 free throws.
No. 4 Oklahoma State survives No. 13 Liberty 69-60 in NCAA
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)INDIANAPOLIS – Cade Cunningham vowed to lead Oklahoma State to a strong run through the NCAA Tournament. 4 seed Oklahoma State to its first NCAA Tournament win since 2009. Elijah Cuffee had 16 points and Darius McGhee 12 for Atlantic Sun champion Liberty, which had won its previous 12 games. Liberty was seeking another NCAA upset two years after bouncing Mississippi State in the first round. McGhee's long-range shooting gave teammates the confidence to contribute and keep Oklahoma State honest defensively.
No. 13 Texas beats No. 12 Oklahoma St for first Big 12 title
– Texas finally won the Big 12 Tournament championship. 12 Oklahoma State. Isaac Likekele added 13 points and Kalib Boone had 12 for the Cowboys, who fought past No. 10 West Virginia and the second-ranked Bears the previous two days to reach their first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2009. BIG PICTUREAdOklahoma State finished the season on a roll, winning eight of its last nine before the Big 12 title game with a pair of OT victories.
Without Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State beats No. 6 WVU
17 Oklahoma State to an 85-80 victory over No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday in their Big 12 regular-season finale. Oklahoma State was without star freshman Cade Cunningham, who injured his left ankle late in a loss to No. Freshman Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 18 points for Oklahoma State. UP NEXTBoth teams have first-round byes in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, and will play quarterfinal games on Thursday.
Big 12 champ No. 3 Baylor beats No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70
3 Baylor, fresh off clinching its first Big 12 title on the road two days earlier, beat No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70 on Thursday night to end the Cowboys' five-game winning streak. Freshman standout and Big 12 leading scorer Cade Cunningham had 24 points and Kalib Boone 10 for Oklahoma State (17-7, 10-7), whose winning streak was the longest active in the Big 12. That came right after Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a dunk for Oklahoma State, prompting a timeout by Baylor coach Scott Drew. ... Oklahoma State was without guard Isaac Likekele (hand) for the fifth time in six games.