Oral Roberts 71, Oklahoma State 60
Jan. 30, 1997
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Clifford Crenshaw hit five free throws in the final 1:35 as Oral Roberts scored the game's last 10 points to defeat Oklahoma State 71-60 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State (11-8) trailed just 61-60 with 3:09 to play but missed three shots after that point to lose its seventh road game of the season.
The Golden Eagles (13-5), snapped a nine-game losing streak to OSU. They got 26 points from Crenshaw and 17 from Tim Gill in winning their 14th straight at home.
Oklahoma State, coming off a 73-72 overtime victory against Oklahoma on Monday, led briefly in the opening moments but never again despite tying the game three times in the second half, the last time at 56-56.
Despite foul trouble, Chianti Roberts scored 22 points including a dunk that brought the Cowboys to within 61-60. Teammate Desmond Mason scored 10 points, while Maurice Robinson finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Cowboys' leading scorer, Adrian Peterson, went scoreless for the second time in three games. He was 0-of-7 from the floor.
Oral Roberts strengthened its early lead with a 9-0 run and took advantage of 12 first-half turnovers by the Cowboys, who shot just 36 percent during the period. Oral Roberts went up by as many as 15 points with 8:27 to go before the break.
Oklahoma State scored eight straight points, capped by Brett Robisch's bucket at 3:43, to climb within 32-27. But the Cowboy shooting went cold and the Golden Eagles took a 39-27 lead at halftime on Gill's fourth 3-pointer.
Oral Roberts only shot 41 percent from the floor, but outscored the Cowboys 20-7 at the fould line and committed just nine turnovers.