Vols clip Cowboys in final seconds
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Dane Bradshaw tipped in the game-winning
shot with 1.9 seconds left, as the Tennessee Volunteers upset the 15th-ranked
Oklahoma State Cowboys, 79-77.
With the game deadlocked at 77, Bradshaw followed a missed layup attempt with
a one-hand tip shot.
OSU had a final opportunity to inbound the ball the length of the court for a
game-winner. Byron Eaton heaved it to Mario Boggan, who caught the ball at the
foul line, took a step back, and fired a jumper at the buzzer that rimmed out
to preserve the win for the Vols.
“This is a great atmosphere here tonight in Nashville,” Tennessee coach Bruce
Pearl said. “We appreciate it. We felt a responsibility to come over to our
capital city and play a good game. The fans appreciate that we put the game in
Chris Lofton scored 20 points for the Volunteers (9-2), who have now posted
five consecutive victories, and both of their losses came against quality
teams on a neutral court. Duke Crews scored a career-high 17 points and
grabbed nine rebounds, while JaJuan Smith added 14 points.
Boggan posted 20 points and six boards for Oklahoma State (11-1), which
had started the season with 11 consecutive wins for just the fifth time in
school history before falling to Tennessee. Terrel Harris notched 17 points
and seven rebounds. JamesOn Curry scored 13 points and Kenny Cooper added 11.
Oklahoma State shot 15-for-29 (51.7 percent) from the field in the first
half, while Tennessee shot 28-for-67 (41.8 percent) in the game and
outrebounded the Cowboys, 37-35. However, the Vols went just 4-of-23 from
beyond the arc.
Oklahoma State failed to score for over three minutes after the game started.
The Cowboys got going with an 11-0 burst, though, capped by a Cooper field
goal, and led 43-37 at halftime.
“That was a tough loss,” Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton said. “I thought we
competed hard, but we turned the ball over too many times, and gave up too
many offensive rebounds – two things that we really emphasized going into this
game. We made too many mistakes.”
Seven of the 11 Oklahoma State victories came by double figures, including a
75-56 thrashing of Ball State in its previous outing back on December 9th. The
Cowboys have yet to play a true road game thus far, and this clash counted as
a neutral-site affair…Oklahoma State recorded an 89-73 decision over
Tennessee last season in what was the first-ever meeting between the two