Missouri State downs Oklahoma State 64-63
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Dequon Miller scored five of his 21 points in the final 20 seconds to help Missouri State avoid a massive second-half collapse and escape with a 64-63 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon.
Camyn Boone scored 17 points and added nine rebounds for Missouri State (2-5), which led 39-22 early in the second half.
Jawun Evans and Jeff Newberry each scored 15 points to lead Oklahoma State (5-3), which lost its second straight contest. Evans added five rebounds and seven assists.
The Cowboys rallied through the second half, utilizing a 12-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 49-48 on Newberry's 10-foot jump shot with 6:14 to go.
The teams switched leads five times after that, with Oklahoma State going up 63-59 following two free throws from Newberry with 28 seconds remaining, before Miller's late heroics.
Miller made it a one-point game with 17 seconds to go after his free throw completed a 3-point play. Then, after Evans missed two free throws, Miller went the length of the court for a layup with 7.3 seconds left to put Missouri State ahead 64-63.
Joe Burton attempted a 3-pointer as time expired for Oklahoma State but it fell short.
Trailing 32-20 at halftime, things got worse for Oklahoma State before they got better, as Missouri State opened the second half with a 7-2 run to build up a 39-22 lead.
The Cowboys then reeled off an 11-2 run to pull back to within 41-33 following Newberry's fast-break dunk with 14:35 remaining. Oklahoma State continued to whittle away, making it 43-37 with 12:15 to go on Anthony Allen's jump shot.
Missouri State led from the opening tip-off, building a 9-2 lead over the first seven minutes, holding to the Cowboys to 1-of-9 shooting. Oklahoma State put together a 9-2 run to pull to within 11-9, but Missouri State scored the next six points.
The Bears continued to increase their lead, closing on another 9-2 run to take a 32-20 lead into halftime - just the second time this season the Bears led at the break.
OSU missed each of its last seven shots in the first half, shooting 28.6 percent (8 of 28) from the floor.
Missouri State won the rebounding battle 41-31, marking the sixth time in their seven contests that they matched or led in that category. Of those, 10 were on offense, giving the Bears 84 on the season.
Oklahoma State, which entered the day ranking fifth in the nation in blocked shots and seventh in blocks per game (6.7), recorded just two.
Missouri State faces IUPUI at home next Thursday.
Oklahoma State goes up against Minnesota next Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.