James Anderson scored 16 points, Marshall Moses added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Oklahoma State held off a second-half charge by No. 25 Texas for a 68-59 win Saturday night.
After trailing by 17 in the second half, the Longhorns (19-9, 8-6 Big 12) had three chances to tie the game in the final four minutes.
A.J. Abrams and Harrison Smith each missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game, and another Texas possession ended with a turnover before Moses hit a jumper in the lane to help the Cowboys start pulling away.
Keiton Page scored six of his 10 points on free throws in the final 61 seconds to help Oklahoma State (19-9, 8-6) nail down a crucial win in its bid to end a three-year NCAA tournament drought.
Damion James led the Longhorns with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Smith and Dexter Pittman each added 12 while Abrams, who had been averaging 20.6 points over the last five games, was held to nine on 3-for-15 shooting.
After allowing Abrams to get open and hit his first 3-point attempt, the Cowboys locked in on him with a defense that sagged off the Longhorns' other perimeter players to keep Pittman and James from doing any damage inside. The lead swelled as far as 38-21 when Terrel Harris followed Anderson's two-handed jam with a pair of free throws with 17:08 to play.
Texas clawed its way back into the game by finding ways to get Pittman and James involved, and getting some much-needed outside shooting from Smith. The seldom-used guard, who had made only one other basket all season long, hit a pair of 3-pointers and had two putbacks to help Texas close the gap.
His second putback sparked a 10-0 run by the Longhorns that trimmed the deficit to 56-55 after James' two free throws with 4:35 left.
Oklahoma State scored 10 of its final 12 points on foul shots to win its fifth straight.
Anderson teamed up with Moses to score Oklahoma State's first 15 points, and then he and Obi Muonelo combined for all of the Cowboys' points during an 11-0 run that put them comfortably ahead. Muonelo had a basket off of an offensive rebound, then added a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer that made it 28-13 late in the first half.
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