Wednesday , Jan , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Boggan’s triple ends 3-OT thriller

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Mario Boggan did a freshman one better in
a conference thriller, draining a contested three-pointer with 3.2 seconds
left to end 55 minutes of Big 12 basketball in 12th-ranked Oklahoma State’s
105-103 victory over No. 21 Texas from Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The final three-plus seconds included a walk and an in-bound formality,
capping a game featuring clutch shooting, massive momentum swings and Cowboys
head coach Sean Sutton almost fainting at the end of regulation.

If he only knew 15 more minutes were in store.

Kevin Durant, who tied a career-high with 37 points, collected an air ball and
scored off the glass while being fouled with 10.5 ticks remaining in the third
overtime. He drained the foul shot to push Texas in front, 103-102.

The Cowboys eventually got the ball to Boggan at the top of the left wing
with two Longhorns surrounding him. He shook the first defender then double-
clutched his shot to avoid the outstretched arms of the second player.

Just 5-of-33 from beyond the arc entering the game, Boggan’s three trumped
Durant’s conventional three-point possession, handing the Longhorns (13-4, 3-1
Big 12) their first conference loss.

Boggan’s shot capped a 37-point, 20-rebound performance, continuing his
stellar senior season. He entered the contest averaging a team-leading 21
points and 7.1 rebounds per game and shooting just over 60 percent from the

JamesOn Curry totaled 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Terrel
Harris scored 16 points and Byron Eaton added 11 points for the Cowboys (16-2,
2-1), who improved to 11-0 on Eddie Sutton court.

D.J. Augustin contributed 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and
Justin Mason totaled 18 points for Texas. Damion James collected 10 points and
11 rebounds, while Durant added 12 boards in the loss.

Augustin’s three-pointer with 21 seconds left in regulation sent the game to
overtime — the first of three extra sessions.

The guard made the pivotal shot again in the waning stages of the first
overtime, converting a layup to square the contest at 83-83 with 13 seconds on
the clock.

David Monds’ heave from the right corner didn’t draw iron, and an offensive
putback occurred about one second after the horn.

The Cowboys seized a 91-88 edge in the second overtime on Boggan’s mid-range
jumper, but Durant — who made 4-of-12 threes on the contest — connected from
near the top of the circle to tie the game.

Tyler Hatch — a walk-on surrounded on the floor by a group of high school
All-Americans — attempted to stamp a feel-good story on the contest by making
a reverse layup to put the Cowboys up 93-91 with 43 seconds left.

It was for naught, as Durant answered with a dunk to tie the game again,
eventually forcing the third extra session.

Curry started it with a three-pointer then Harris buried two free throws to
open a 98-93 advantage.

However, as proven much earlier in the night, no lead was safe.

Durant made 1-of-2 free throws then Mason drilled a contested three from the
right wing to draw the Longhorns within one.

After a Boggan jumper, Connor Atchley raced down a loose ball and connected
from long distance to make the score 100-100 with 1:55 on the clock.

Curry then made a pair of free throws before the frantic finish.

The Cowboys led 38-36 at the half.

Game Notes

The all-time series is tied at 34-34…Texas had 34 second chance points,
while the Cowboys only mustered 20…The game featured 15 ties and 16 lead
changes…Neither team lead by more than seven points…Oklahoma State shot
52.4 percent over the course of three overtimes…Texas attempted 33 three-
pointers…Both teams committed 20 turnovers…Oklahoma State beat Pittsburgh
in a double-overtime game earlier this season…A.J. Abrams scored 13 points
in defeat.