Bedlam basketball: 3 takeaways from Oklahoma State's 94-90 overtime upset of OU
NORMAN — Cade Cunningham dribbled, crossed over and stepped back, creating just enough space between himself and Elijah Harkless.
A clean 3-pointer swished through the net.
And the next possession, Cunningham again went into attack mode. He dribbled to the free-throw line, spun, pumped fake and got Harkless in the air. Cunningham calmly made a jump shot.
On a day the nation was watching Bedlam, it got a great look at a powerful matchup in the Cowboys’ thrilling 94-90 overtime win over No. 7-ranked OU Saturday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center.
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Cunningham vs. Harkless.
Elite prospect against the Sooners’ prized defender.
The battle went to Cunningham, but it sure provided some big moments.
Harkless did not start, but entered the game less than 7 minutes into the game and started hounding Cunningham, forcing two turnovers in the half. Cunningham made his first three shots until Harkless entered.
The battle continued in the second half, but down the stretch, Cunningham really kicked things into gear.
He scored 10 of OSU’s last 13 points in regulation and ultimately finished with a career-high 40 points.
Now, the teams get to do this again in 48 hours.
Bedlam’s rematch is at 8 p.m. Monday night in Stillwater.
Here are two more OSU takeaways:
Big plays down the stretch
Cunningham’s battle with Harkless wasn’t all the top-ranked NBA prospect did.
Cunningham was clutch down the stretch. He finished regulation on a flurry. But in overtime, he came up with a huge steal on a pass attempt by Jalen Hill. Cunningham was fouled on the dunk attempt, but made both free shots for an 88-85 lead with 1:12 left.
On the next possession, Austin Reaves drove to the basket into traffic and fired a wild layup. Cunningham came down with the physical rebound and was fouled.
He made two more free shots.
In overtime, Cunningham had eight points and a rebound. He made 6 of 6 at the line.
And when he missed, his teammates stepped up. Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a big putback. Rondel Walker had a big offensive rebound.
Kalib Boone struggles but comes up huge late
The past two games, Kalib Boone has been a monster. Saturday wasn’t his best game.
But he delivered perhaps the biggest rebound of the day, grabbing a long rebound with 19.7 seconds remaining in overtime after Bryce Williams’ 3 was off the mark.
Then, Boone hit two big free shots with 19 seconds remaining.
Boone finished with just six points and four rebounds, a big difference after averaging 16.5 points and six rebounds the past two games.
He struggled at times against the combination of Brady Manek and Kur Kuath.
He even missed a key opportunity when a layup rolled out with 2 minutes remaining in regulation.
Manek then went down and tied the game on a putback.
But at the right moment Boone was big. For a player who relies so much on confidence fueling his game, that’s huge for a quick turnaround against the Sooners.