Oregon State beats Texas 100-95 in OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
Cunningham, a junior guard who had 35 points in his previous game against Hofstra, played the last few minutes and the overtime with a split lip. He made several hustle plays down the stretch and went 8 for 8 from the free throw line in overtime.
The Beavers (4-0) will play No. 18 Vanderbilt in the championship game Monday night at the Izod Center. The Commodores beat North Carolina State 86-79 in the other semifinal.
Devon Collier added 17 points for Oregon State, which trailed 72-64 with 7:11 left in regulation. Cunningham tied the game at 80 with a layup with 1:40 left. Myck Kabongo of Texas (2-1) broke the tie with two free throws with 1:20 to play. Cunningham then made three free throws around one by Kabongo over the final 18 seconds to send the game to overtime tied at 81.
Alexis Wangmene made a reverse layup 54 seconds into overtime to give Texas the lead, but the Beavers went on a 9-0 run that started with 3-pointers by Ahmad Starks and Angus Brandt and ended with two free throws by Cunningham with 1:43 to go.
Cunningham was 20 of 23 from the free throw line and Oregon State was 31 for 43 overall.
J'Covan Brown had 25 points - 18 in the first half - and nine assists for the Longhorns, while Kabongo had 13 points.
Former Texas star Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder sat right behind the Longhorns' bench.
Oregon State closed the all-time series between the teams to 4-2 with its first win over Texas since December 1967 in the Far West Classic.