OSU tops Texas for league victory

Oklahoma State edged up in the race for the Big 12 crown Saturday with a narrow 65-64 win over Texas in Stillwater.

OSU fell to Baylor 60-76 on Monday night.

Tavarius Shine tipped in a rebound with six seconds left to seal the win. OSU outscored the Longhorns 15-2 over the last 5:30 to pull ahead for the win.

“I just know I was trying to get to the glass,” said Shine. “When Yakuba grabbed the rebound, I was screaming his name. I realized he didn’t hear me because he didn’t look back. I saw him do a hook shot and when I saw it go short, I tried to get it up to the rim. I was hoping it would go in.”

Jeffrey Carroll had 17 points and Brandon Averette added 11 points for the Cowboys (12-6, 2-4) in the Big 12.

“He led us in deflections,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said of Carroll. “I think we had 17 deflections tonight, and he had like nine of them. He was really active and he was really dialed in. The kids did all of the right things. All of the things that this team has gone through, he has continued to listen and try to learn and get better. He’s a microcosm of what this team about as fighters.”

Eric Davis, Jr., paced Texas (11-6, 2-3) with 18 points.

The win closes the gap in the all-time series with the Longhorns to 49-43 and increased its lead in the series in Stillwater to 23-14.  The Cowboys move to 2-3 in Big 12 play, which would be the team’s best five-game Big 12 start since 2013-14.

It was another comeback win for OSU.

“I don’t think anybody has more stress than I do, but we’ll certainly take it,” Boynton said. “I’m really proud of our fight. That’s what I was talking about the past couple of days. I think my word choice kind of went a different route than what it should be, and that’s on me. I have to be smarter than that, but at the same time, my kids got the message and I knew they would because they’re good kids.”

OSU notched its second straight victory over Texas. OSU won the previous matchup, 84-71.