Cade Cunningham has lived as much as all of the hype at Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — As freshman star Cade Cunningham soaked within the cheers following Oklahoma State’s win over Oklahoma on Monday night time, the house followers at Gallagher-Iba Area chanted, “Yet another 12 months!”

He’s not coming again — he was launched with the seniors and is projected by many to be the highest decide on this 12 months’s NBA draft. And when the sport was on the road, it was simple to see why he’s on his manner out. Cunningham scored 13 of his 15 factors within the remaining 10 minutes to assist the 17th-ranked Cowboys defeat No. 16 Oklahoma 79-75.

Cunningham had 40 factors in Saturday’s 94-90 time beyond regulation win at Oklahoma. This time, the 6-foot-Eight level guard was a decoy a lot of the night time however completed robust.

“Cade simply takes the stress off the remainder of us,” Oklahoma State guard Bryce Williams mentioned. “He’s received a lot stress on him, however it’s probably not stress to him. He can deal with the scenario. However he’s received a group behind him that may again him up every single day.”

Kalib Boone had 17 factors and 9 rebounds, and Williams scored 14 for the Cowboys (17-6, 10-6 Huge 12), who gained their fifth straight sport general and earned their third consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton mentioned Monday’s state of affairs was unusual.

Cade Cunningham on Feb. 27, 2021
Cade Cunningham on Feb. 27, 2021
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“We simply performed this sport,” Boynton mentioned. “We actually simply performed this sport. We performed 45 minutes value of it 56 hours in the past. Each groups are good. Each groups made changes from Saturday to immediately.”

The most recent EPSN projection has Oklahoma State as a No. four seed within the NCAA Match. The Cowboys’ spot within the Huge Dance might be contingent on the infractions committee not ruling on the Cowboys’ punishment for a guidelines violation earlier than than.

Brady Manek had 20 factors and Austin Reaves added 19 for Oklahoma (14-8, 9-7), which misplaced its third straight after climbing to No. 7 within the AP Prime 25.

“The principle message is preserve combating, keep mentally locked in and simply actually hear to educate Krug (Lon Kruger),” Reaves mentioned. “That’s actually the primary factor, and that’s what we are going to get again and do.”

Manek hit three 3-pointers to assist Oklahoma take a 23-16 lead. Oklahoma State rallied, and Rondel Walker’s Three lastly put Oklahoma State forward 32-30.

Oklahoma led 36-35 at halftime behind Manek’s 16 factors. Cunningham had two factors, no area targets and simply two shot makes an attempt within the first half.

Reaves received scorching within the second half. He threw down a nasty two-handed dunk in visitors to place the Sooners up 61-57.

Cunningham’s first area aim was a layup with simply over seven minutes remaining. He made one other layup 30 seconds later, then the Cowboys labored the ball round to Williams, whose 3-pointer put them up 66-64.

Oklahoma State led by 5 within the remaining minute earlier than Reaves scored on a wild putback that seemed like one thing out of a schoolyard sport. He rebounded the ball off the ground along with his proper hand, then in a single movement banked it in whereas falling to the ground. He was fouled, and his free throw with 7 seconds left lower Oklahoma State’s result in 77-75.

“I nonetheless can’t imagine he made that final shot he made,” Boynton mentioned. “I do not know how he did it.”

Cunningham was fouled with 6.Three seconds to play, and he made each free throws to place the sport out of attain.

Cunningham went simply Three of Eight from the sector, but the Cowboys shot 53% general and 59% within the second half.

“He’s an excellent participant,” Williams mentioned. “To not take nothing from my man, however we’re an excellent group on the finish of the day. We’ve received all of the items. We now have all of the finishers, all of the playmakers, all of the shooters. We really feel like we will play with whoever.”