Missouri edges Cowboys in double OT

Finally, it was over. The fans rushed the court, the announcer screamed "Tigers win" over and over, and Missouri had pulled an upset of No. 6 Oklahoma State in two overtimes. Behind the strong play of Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson, the Tigers outlasted the Cowboys in what could have been a must-win game.

It was the best of times, then it was the worst of times.

And then it was the best of times again.

When John Lucas' 3-pointer hit the rim and then the fourth buzzer of the night sounded, it preserved a 93-92 Missouri win in double overtime against No. 6 Oklahoma State, the Tigers' fifth in a row.

After losing a 9-point lead in the last four minutes of regulation, Missouri (14-10, 8-5 Big 12) made the shots it needed to, and then the final margin came down to two free throws made by Arthur Johnson with 30.3 seconds left.

Johnson and senior Rickey Paulding finally looked like the players many expected them to be coming into the season. Paulding scored 31 points, 18 of them in the first half, and Johnson scored 29, with nine coming in the two overtimes.

Johnson made two free throws with 38 seconds left in regulation to put Missouri up 73-71, but Ivan McFarlin scored with 9.3 seconds left to tie it, and then Thomas Gardner missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

But Gardner more than redeemed himself in the second overtime. With the Tigers trailing 82-79 with 30 seconds left, Jason Conley ran down and fired up a 3-pointer that missed off the rim. Gardner took down the rebound, dribbled behind the 3-point line on the left wing, and then made a 3-pointer to tie it with 22.4 seconds left. Lucas' runner at the buzzer hit on the rim twice and fell off.


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