With just under a minute left in the contest Oklahoma State freshman center Yor Anei took a lob pass from Lindy Waters and laid it in. That play completed a 21-point comeback for the Cowboys, tying the game at 68-68. A few seconds later Waters knocked down two free throws to give OSU their first lead in what appeared to be a miracle finish.
However the miracles on this night would belong to TCU who closed out the final 27 seconds on a 5-0 to preserve a 73-70 win and bounce Oklahoma State out of the Big 12 Tournament.
The conclusion of the game was a 60-second microcosm of OSU’s season. It showed grit, talent, desperation, and a fight to the end mentality that just came up short.
All five of Oklahoma State’s starters scored in double figures with Anei and Waters leading the way with 17 points each. Anei also grabbed 10 rebounds, for a double-double and blocked seven shots. TCU only had five total blocked shots as a team.
The loss in Kansas City most likely brings an end to OSU’s basketball season with the Cowboys finishing with a 12-20 overall record and 5-13 record in conference play.