January 17, 2007

Thrice as nice: OSU wins in 3 OTs

STILLWATER - Tonight's game between Oklahoma State and Texas was somewhere between an episode of the TV show "24" and the literary classic "War and Peace."

There were unbelievable, jaw-dropping twists and turns in the action and the game seemed like it was never going to end.

But it finally did, when Mario Boggan Cowboy'd Up in a big way, sinking a desperation three-point shot with about three seconds left in the third overtime. That basket ended up being the difference, as the Cowboys defeated the Longhorns 105-103 in triple overtime Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

And oh, what an ending.

Boggan - who ended up with career highs in points (37) and rebounds (20) - came up big after the other giant in the game made one last attack. The Longhorns' Kevin Durant - who scored 37 of his own and posted 12 boards - grabbed a missed A.J. Abrams jumper and got the putback plus the foul. He converted the old school three-point play to take UT from down two points to up by one.

Then Boggan ended up making a shot that might just rank up there with the ones made by Bryant Reeves and John Lucas.

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