Cowboys nip Tigers on late basket, 75-73

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Missouri's J.T. Tiller blocked a shot by Oklahoma State's Terrel Harris during the first half of Tuesday' Big 12 game in Columbia, Mo. (L.G. PATTERSON ~ Associated Press)

Oklahoma State scored the winning basket with 1.7 seconds left.

By R.B. FALLSTROM

The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Byron Eaton scored off a drive near the lane with 1.7 seconds to go for his second straight game-winner in Oklahoma State's 75-73 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.

Leo Lyons returned to Missouri's starting lineup after a 10-game absence and had career bests of 27 points and 18 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 Lyons missed only one of 13 shots, many of them from the perimeter, but it wasn't enough in a battle of Big 12 also-rans angling for a higher seed in the conference tournament.

Marcus Dove led Oklahoma State (15-12, 6-7 Big 12) with 15 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season and only his second time in double-figure scoring in nine games. Dove had three of the Cowboys' season-high 14 3-pointers.

Eaton had 15 points and freshman James Anderson added 13 points in his first game off the bench for the Cowboys, who built on successive victories over ranked Kansas and Texas A&M, the Feb. 16 triumph over the Aggies ending a 19-game road losing streak.

In a 61-60 victory over Kansas on Saturday, Eaton scored a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning free throw with 12.6 seconds to go.

Keon Lawrence added 13 points and J.T. Tiller had 11 for Missouri (15-13, 5-8). The Tigers fell to 12-4 at home.

Lawrence hit a runner with 33 seconds to go to tie it at 73-73, and Eaton killed most of the clock on the Cowboys' last possession while dribbling near midcourt. He pulled up for the winning shot, which popped out and back in.

Missouri didn't get off a desperation shot after Oklahoma State batted Darryl Butterfield's high, lofted inbounds pass around.

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