No. 15 Pittsburgh beats Oklahoma State 74-68

Ashton Gibbs scored 17 points, including three free throws in

the final 17 seconds, and No. 15 Pittsburgh beat Oklahoma State

74-68 on Saturday, the Cowboys’ third loss of the season and all of

them at Madison Square Garden.

The Panthers (9-1) led by as many as 16 points in the second

half, but Oklahoma State was able to get within five twice late.

Each time, Gibbs was able to make at least one free throw.

Nasir Robinson had 15 points for Pittsburgh, while Lamar

Patterson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Le’Bryan Nash had 20 points for the Cowboys (6-3), who lost to

Stanford and Virginia Tech last month in the NIT Season Tip-Off at

Madison Square Garden.

Pittsburgh dominated the rebounding (43-25) and outscored the

Cowboys 40-26 in the paint.

Gibbs had eight points – including two 3s – in Pitt’s 17-7 run

to close the first half that gave the Panthers a 42-30 lead.

Pittsburgh extended the lead to 16 points three times, the last

at 59-43 on a basket by Patterson with 9:03 to play.

The Cowboys, who started the second half by missing 13 of their

first 17 shots, later rallied.

Oklahoma State got within 71-66 with 20 seconds to play when

Markel Brown stole a pass, scored and was fouled. He missed the

free throw and Gibbs made two foul shots one second later. Reger

Dowell’s layup with 10 seconds to go made it 73-68 but Gibbs made

one of two from the line. The miss was his only one of the game as

he finished 7 of 8 and the Panthers were 18 of 29. The Cowboys were

9 of 13 from the free throw line.

After the poor start to the second half Oklahoma State finished

14 of 33 from the field (42.4 percent) in the final 20 minutes.