NEW YORK (AP) – Jeffrey Carroll scored 29 points to lead Oklahoma State to a 73-67 win over Pitt in the consolation game of the Legends Classic on Monday in New York.
Thomas Dziagwa added 12 for Oklahoma State (4-1).
Despite having four players finish in double-figure scoring, Pittsburgh dropped to 1-4 with its second straight loss and its third in its last four games. Shamiel Stevenson led the Panthers with 16 points. Jared Wilson-Frame finished with 13. Marcus Carr added 12, and Ryan Luther had 10.
The first of two games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was close throughout. Neither team was able to build a double-digit lead in the first half. Pittsburgh’s largest advantage was five points, while Oklahoma State was only able to open up an eight-point lead.
The tight affair carried over into the second half, as Jonathan Milliagan’s layup at 3:05 allowed the Panthers to tie at 38. Oklahoma State responded by outscoring Pittsburgh 15-7 over the next 4:50 to go into the television timeout with a 53-45 lead.
Pittsburgh cut the deficit to 53-49 following consecutive layups from Kene Chukwuka and Stevenson. However, Oklahoma State pushed the advantage to 57-49 with two Carroll layups within a 45-second span.
The Panthers closed to within three in the final minutes, the Cowboys didn’t let them closer. Carroll knocked down six free throws and made a jumper. Brandon Averette and Lindy Waters each made two free throws, and Kendall Smith added a free throw in the final 1:24.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys left Brooklyn with a win due in part to their free-throw shooting. Oklahoma State shot 16 for 19 from the stripe. In the second half, the Cowboys made 10 of 11.
Pittsburgh: Following Monday night’s 85-54 blowout loss to in-state rival Penn State, Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings acknowledged the 2017-18 season would be “uneven,” and added he was caught off-guard by his team’s effort and execution against the Nittany Lions. But neither was an issue against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys improved to 5-6 all-time against Pittsburgh. With the win, Oklahoma State snapped four-game losing streak against the Panthers dating to Dec. 15, 2007.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers fell to 9-3 all-time in Legends Classic games.
Oklahoma State: Hosts Houston Baptist Sunday afternoon.
Pittsburgh: Hosts Lehigh Saturday afternoon.
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