Cowboys Let Eagles Escape

Eddie Sutton warned that it may be this type of season for the young, inexperienced Oklahoma State basketball team. The Cowboys played well for 27 minutes in building a 13-point lead against 10th-ranked Boston College. But the Eagles, showing why they are a top-10 team, dominated the final 13 minutes of play to capture a 76-68 victory over the Cowboys in the championship game of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational on Saturday night at Canyon High School in Las Vegas.

The Cowboys, who lost for the first time in five games, had gone ahead 52-39 with 13:07 remaining on JamesOn Curry's driving layup and appeared to be on the verge of upsetting the Eagles. But Boston College went on a 20-4 un over the next five and a half minutes and took their first lead of the game (57-56) with 7:37 remaining on two free throws by Tyrese Rice.

The Cowboys battled back to regain the lead at 60-59 but Jared Dudley's basket with 4:24 to go gave the Eagles the lead for good. Dudley, who finished with 24 points (11 in the final 4:24) and earned the tournament MVP award, followed with a three-pointer on the Eagles' next possession and also converted a pair of three-point players in the final 2:34.

David Monds led the Cowboys with 15 points and seven rebounds while Byron Eaton finished with 14. Curry (13 points), Mario Boggan (10) and Torre Johnson (10) also scored in double figures.

The Cowboys return to action Wednesday night when they host UNLV at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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