Tulsa Downs Oklahoma State 74-71 Behind Jeffries' 20 Points
Senior DaQuan Jeffries scored nine of his 20 points in the final 1:02 as Tulsa held off in-state rival Oklahoma State 74-71 on Wednesday night.
The Cowboys had cut a 61-50 deficit to 63-61 before Jeffries slammed down a dunk and was fouled with 1:02 left. His free throw gave Tulsa breathing room at 66-61, but the Cowboys made three 3-pointers in the final minute to keep the pressure on. Jeffries went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, his final two giving Tulsa a 72-68 advantage with 8.4 seconds to play.
Cameron McGriff made a 3-pointer for OSU with 3.4 seconds left. Martins Igbanu was fouled and made both with 3.3 remaining and the Cowboys didn't get off a final attempt at a tie.
Jeriah Horne grabbed seven rebounds and scored 16 points, including four of the six 3-pointers Tulsa made in 22 attempts. Lawson Korita had 13 points and seven rebounds for Tulsa (6-3) while Igbanu had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Mike Cunningham had 14 points and Lindsay Walters and Thomas Dziagwa each had 12 for the Cowboys (4-4).
Tulsa scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 10-point lead and kept the advantage around that margin until the final six minutes. The Golden Hurricane led 63-54 after two free throws by Igbanu with 5:15 left, but didn't score again until Jeffries' slam off an assist from Sterling Taplin.
Tulsa made 18 of 21 free throws including eight consecutive in the final 1:02 while Oklahoma State made 6 of 12. The Cowboys had a 39-32 advantage on the boards but had 17 turnovers to 11 for Tulsa, only two of those in the second half.
It was a jittery start for both teams. Tulsa scored on its first possession, then went scoreless for 7:40 before a 3-pointer by Horne, but only found itself trailing 9-5 as the Cowboys were equally cold and turnover prone at the outset.
Both teams loosened up from there. Horne added two more treys and Jeffries attacked the rim as the lead changed five times. The Cowboys scored seven consecutive points to grab their largest lead at 24-19, but Tulsa responded with a 9-3 run helped by a Korita 3-pointer and two drives by Jeffries to regain the lead at 28-27 and carried a 30-29 advantage into halftime.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys lamented their mental and physical mistakes, including the turnovers and missed free throws. It was OSU's fifth consecutive game away from home.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane improved to 5-3 under head coach Frank Haith against Oklahoma State in playing one of their more complete games of the season after a sluggish start.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys return home to play another American Conference foe in Houston Saturday before facing Nebraska Dec. 16.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane gets it second visit from a Big 12 opponent when No. 16 Kansas State visits the Reynolds Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tulsa edged the Wildcats 61-54 at a neutral site in Wichita a year ago.