NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) – Cade Cunningham unleashed his best performance yet in his first feud with Bedlam game.
The Oklahoma State freshman star scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime to help the Cowboys defeat No. 7 Oklahoma 94-90 on Saturday.
“I think getting the win was how I wanted to put my plant on Bedlam,” said the 6-foot-8 point guard. “I have confidence in my coaches and my teammates who get me 40, but I think we all played to win, and that’s what I’m most happy about.”
Now the Cowboys will try to replicate the performance – the teams will meet again on Monday in Oklahoma State. Cunningham said being ready for the rematch goes beyond ice cream bins, healthy eating and rest.
“We just take a heavy physical toll on ourselves, so making sure we’re mentally prepared, knowing the staff, watching movies – things like that – these are the best things you can do,” he said.
Cunningham, the Big 12’s top scorer, blew his previous record of 29 points. He made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws. He also finished with 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Many are projecting Cunningham to be the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft. The Sooners found out why up close.
“He didn’t predict the number 1 for no reason,” said Austin Reaves of Oklahoma, the conference’s second scorer. “He’s a player. We knew he was a very good player, and he played tonight, to say the least.
Bryce Williams and Avery Anderson III each scored 15 points for Oklahoma State (16-6, 9-6 Big 12), which won its fourth in a row.
De’Vion Harmon tied a career-high 23 points and Reaves had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Oklahoma (15-7, 8-7), which had just suffered a disgruntled loss to Kansas State.
“I’m not worried,” Harmon said. “We’re going to get it right. We have to bounce back. We have another Monday, so we have to turn around quickly.
Saturdays game was an intense back-and-forth match with lots of hard, clean fouls.
Oklahoma, helped by an 11-0 run, led 38-31 at halftime. Harmon had 14 points at the break for Oklahoma while Cunningham had 13 for the Cowboys.
A 3 point by Harmon pushed the edge to 10 early in the second half before Oklahoma State jumped. Williams hit a 3 to reduce Oklahoma’s lead to 51-50, and Cunningham’s deep 3 put the Cowboys in the lead.
With Oklahoma State up two, Reaves led and found Brady Manek for the tied layup with seven seconds left in settlement. Cunningham lost control of the ball as he sought to create space for a game- winning shot, forcing overtime.
Oklahoma couldn’t control Cunningham during the extra period, and now the Sooners will have to come up with answers quickly.
“The same thing we’ve always done,” Harmon said. “Whether we win or lose, watch the movie and get better. We can improve each other game that we’re playing, so that’s what we’re going to do.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys took a road victory over a Top 10 team. The victory will likely propel them into the Top 25 and likely improve their NCAA tournament seed.
Oklahoma: The Sooners really need to win the rematch on Monday to avoid a crash. Even with how many quality wins the Sooners have counted, they can’t afford too many losses so close to the NCAA tournament selection process.
AS LEKELE IS SITTING
Isaac Likekele of Oklahoma State, a junior guard who is one of the Cowboys’ most consistent players, missed the game with a hand injury. His status for Monday game is uncertain.
Anderson said Likekele played the assistant coach role well on Saturday.
“I would say he’s Coach B (Mike Boynton), game two. Always…
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