Oklahoma St. Beats Pepperdine on Late Free Throws

From Staff and Wire Reports

Tony Allen made the go-ahead free throw with 2.5 seconds left and Joey Graham rebounded Allen’s intentional miss on the second try and made a free throw to help No. 24-ranked Oklahoma State hold off Pepperdine, 84-82, in front of 10,040 on Saturday night at Stillwater, Okla.

Shaun Davis scored 21 points and had five assists for Pepperdine (1-2).

Davis, a 5-foot-11 freshman point guard, was virtually unstoppable off the dribble, repeatedly slipping into the lane to score on a number of twisting drives to the basket.

“He is one of the quickest players I have ever guarded,” John Lucas said.


Davis and Glen McGowan keyed a 12-1 spurt that gave Pepperdine a 74-72 lead with just under five minutes remaining.

But Lucas, who scored his 11 points after halftime, made two free throws with 1 minute 21 seconds remaining to pull the Cowboys ahead, 79-78.

He then snatched the ball from Davis, leading to a breakaway dunk by Allen and Ivan McFarlin followed that up with a slam off a steal to give Oklahoma State an 82-79 lead.

The Waves tied the score, 82-82, when Terrance Johnson made a three-point basket with 27 seconds left.


Allen scored 17 points to help Oklahoma State (3-0) win its 30th consecutive nonconference home game and 109th of its last 110.

The Cowboys outrebounded the Waves, 45-33, and outscored them, 42-18, in the paint.

Loyola Marymount 67, State University of New York Binghamton 56 -- Keith Kincade scored 22 points for the Lions in the first round of the Mohegan Sun Classic at New Britain, Conn.

The Lions are 3-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

With 14 minutes to play, the Lions switched from man-to-man defense to a zone and held the Bearcats (1-3) scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes and without a field goal for more than eight minutes.

The Lions led the entire second half.

Cal State Sacramento 78, Cal State Fullerton 71 -- The Hornets went on a 9-2 run in the first three minutes of overtime to earn the victory, their 13th on the road in their last 172 games dating to 1991.

Yaphett King made a three-point basket for Fullerton (0-3) to tie the score, 60-60, and send the game into overtime.


Pape Sow led Fullerton with 18 points and Bobby Brown had 16, including four three-pointers. King had 13 rebounds.

Joe Dawson scored 20 points for Sacramento.

St. Mary’s 62, UC Santa Barbara 48 -- The Gauchos shot 32.8% and made only two of 17 three-point shots in a Montana Holiday Classic game at Missoula, Mont.

Casey Cook led Santa Barbara (1-1) with 13 points.

The Gauchos forced St. Mary’s (3-1) into 25 turnovers, but were outrebounded, 42-30, and committed 17 turnovers.

Portland 65, Long Beach State 59 -- Jibril Hodges scored 18 points but the 49ers (0-2) could not hold off the host Pilots (2-1) after tying the score, 50-50, in the second half.

The 49ers shot 29% in the first half and trailed, 24-17. They got back in the game by shooting 68% in the second half.

Arizona State 77, UC Riverside 68 -- Ike Diogu scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Sun Devils at Tempe, Ariz.


The Sun Devils (3-0) went on a 16-2 run early in the second half to erase a 37-31 halftime deficit.

Vili Morton had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Highlanders (0-3) before fouling out with 3:39 left.