Cade Cunningham Stars with 40 Points as Oklahoma State Upsets No. 7 Oklahoma

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIFebruary 27, 2021

Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham (2) and Oklahoma forward Jalen Hill (1) fight for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
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Oklahoma State knocked off No. 7 Oklahoma 94-90 in overtime of a rivalry game dominated by freshman Cowboys star Cade Cunningham on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. 

Cunningham scored OSU's final four field goals in regulation and came up with a massive block on OU's Austin Reaves to help force an extra frame, as the Cowboys erased a 10-point deficit after halftime. Cunningham's career-high 40-point outing, which included 11 rebounds, was the difference as the guard came up clutch at the free-throw line in overtime. 

It's the second consecutive loss for the Sooners, who fell to an unranked Kansas State team on Feb. 23.

Oklahoma State was a projected No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament heading into Saturday's game, per Bracket Matrix. With a possible resume-cementing victory, the Cowboys may have played themselves firmly into the bracket. OSU (16-6, 9-6 Big 12) has ranked wins over No. 13 Texas Tech, No. 6 Kansas, No. 6 Texas and No. 18 TTU to balance out losses to No. 11 Texas, No. 14 West Virginia, No. 2 Baylor and a two-game sweep by unranked TCU. 

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Saturday may not have been the biggest win of the Cowboys' season as far as ranked matchups go, but taking down an in-state rival on the road is high on the list of accomplishments. 

Head coach Mike Boynton and Co. just have to watch out for Oklahoma's revenge. 

With Bedlam scheduled as a back-to-back series because of the pandemic, OU will travel to Stillwater for a rematch Monday. If the Cowboys can play similarly to how they looked Saturday, it shouldn't be much of a problem. 

All but one OSU starter scored in double figures, while forward Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added seven points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Oklahoma featured two 20-point scorers in the loss with Reaves (22 points) and De'Vion Harmon (23 points) leading the way.