Missouri 94, No. 14 Oklahoma State 92 (2 OTs)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Doug Smith’s two foul shots with 2.8 seconds left in the second overtime gave Missouri a 94-92 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma State Saturday and a trip to the finals of the Big Eight Tournament.
Smith, who finished with 29 points, was fouled by Cornell Hatcher while grabbing a missed shot by OSU’s Byron Houston. Houston, who had 35 points and 16 rebounds, had put up a 17-foot jumper with 5 seconds left.
Missouri (19-10) reached Sunday’s championship game despite losing a 16- point halftime lead and missing short shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime. The Tigers are on probation and can’t play in the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma State (22-7), which is bound for NCAA play, failed in its bid to reach this championship game for the first time since 1983.
The fourth double-overtime game in the tournament’s 15-year history matched the league’s co-MVPs, Smith and Houston, and neither disappointed. Smith had 10 rebounds and four assists to go with his 29 points. Houston almost single- handedly led the Cowboys back in the final eight minutes of regulation.
Missouri used a 13-0 run early in the second half to take a 60-46 lead after the Cowboys had pulled within 47-46.
The Tigers twice led by 16 in the second half, the final time 66-50 with 10:49 remaining.
But Houston, who broke the school’s single-season scoring record, scored 14 of his team’s 23 points in the final 7:52 to carry the Cowboys back into the game.
His two free throws with 28 seconds left in regulation pulled Oklahoma State within 77-76. After Melvin Booker made one of two free throws, Houston tied the game with 11 seconds left.
In the first overtime, Sean Sutton made a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to give the Cowboys an 85-84 lead. Chris Heller tied it with one free throw, and each team lost late chances to win.
Houston’s 35 points gave him 667 for the season, surpassing the school record of 654 set by Ed Odom in 1979-80.