Cowboys Suffer First Loss Of Season

Oklahoma State was poised to advance to the finals of the 76 Classic tournament on Saturday afternoon despite struggling to put points on the scoreboard. But the Cowboys saw a seven-point lead evaporate when they went nearly five minutes without scoring a basket as Virginia Tech rallied for a 56-51 victory in Anaheim, Calif.

The Cowboys, now 4-1 after their first loss of the season, will play in the third-place game of the 76 Classic against either Murray State or Nevada-Las Vegas at 5 p.m. Sunday (Central time).

Oklahoma State scored only four points in the first eight minutes of the second half to fall behind Virginia Tech 36-33. But the Cowboys then went on a 12-2 run, including scoring eight points in a row, to go up by seven points on Ray Penn's jumper with a little more than six minutes to play.

Jéan-Paul Olukemi's easy basket off a pass from Jarred Shaw gave the Cowboys a 47-42 lead with 4:55 remaining in the game. However, Olukemi's bucket would be the final one for the Cowboys until seven seconds remaining in the game and the Hokies leading by six points.

The Cowboys shot just 28.8 percent from the field (17 of 59) – compared to Virginia Tech's 34.7 percent – and turned the ball over 16 times, including costly miscues by Penn and Olukemi in the game's final two minutes.

Marshall Moses (6 of 16) and Penn (4 of 10) combined to make more than half of the Cowboys field goals, but the rest of the team was just 7 of 33 shooting.

It has been a tough tournament thus far for Pilgrim and Page. Pilgrim was 0 for 7 against Virginia Tech and was ejected from the game with 13:56 left to play after being whistled for a flagrant elbow foul.

Page missed all five of his shots Saturday, and is now 2-for-16 in the 76 Classic.

Olukemi led the Cowboys with 17 points while Moses added a double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds). Penn contributed 10 points in a season-high 32 minutes of action.

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