Shine happy to take ‘half credit’ for game-win­ner

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Scott Wright swright@ok­la­

STILLWATER — Ok­la­homa State ju­nior Yankuba Sima’s hands were there. Cow­boy team­mate Tavar­ius Shine had one up there, too. And Texas’ Dy­lan Osetkowski’s fin­ger­tips were in the mix.

No one is ex­actly sure who tipped in Ok­la­homa State’s game-win­ning bas­ket with 6 sec­onds to go, but all the Cow­boys really cared about was the 65-64 win Satur­day evening at Gal­lagher-Iba Arena.

OSU trailed by 12 with 5:55 to play and went on a 13-0 run to take a 63-62 lead with 3:12 to go. Texas went back in front with 1:50 left.

OSU sopho­more Lindy Wa­ters III drew a charg­ing foul to get the ball back for the Cow­boys with 23 sec­onds on the clock.

Af­ter Jef­frey Car­roll’s driv­ing layup went long, Sima scram­bled for the of­fen­sive re­bound, but his put­back came up short. That’s when any­one with a hand in the area reached for the ball, with some­one — Tavar­ius Shine got the points from the of­fi­cial scorer — tip­ping it in.

“I’m gonna take half credit,” Shine said. “I know I touched the ball,

but (Sima) is 7-foot, and he said he touched the ball, so I’m gonna just take half credit.”

And what about Osetkowski?

“He can get some of it, too,” Shine said, feel­ing gen­er­ous af­ter an emo­tion­ally drain­ing vic­tory.

The crazy fi­nal bas­ket aside, the Cow­boys (12-5, 2-3 Big 12) showed the type of gritty per­for­mance coach Mike Boyn­ton strongly felt was miss­ing in last Wed­nes­day’s loss at Kansas State.

“The team was full of guts to­day,” Boyn­ton said, jok­ingly ref­er­enc­ing his de­scrip­tion of the K-State loss as gut­less. “They played with an un­be­liev­able amount of en­ergy and emo­tion and tough­ness. I don’t really know how we won the game, and I’ll find out when I watch the film.”

Car­roll had 17 points on 7-of-12 shoot­ing. He had a three-point play that started the 13-0 run, and another bucket later. Boyn­ton cred­ited Car­roll’s drive to the bas­ket for set­ting up the win­ning tip-in.

“Jeff Car­roll made the play hap­pen,” the coach said. “He drove the ball ag­gres­sively enough to cre­ate some con­fu­sion around the bas­ket.”

Sopho­more point guard Bran­don Averette had 11 points, mak­ing his first start of the sea­son. And Wa­ters added 10 points, plus a team-high three as­sists.

The Cow­boys have trailed late in both of their Big 12 vic­to­ries in a con­fer­ence that is quickly gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for its nail-bit­ing fin­ishes this sea­son.

Though his team trailed by eight or more for much of the sec­ond half, Boyn­ton found in his play­ers the fight they needed to pull it off.

“Ev­ery time­out, the mes­sage was, we’re gonna win the game. It wasn’t, ‘what’s go­ing on, why are we down this many, how much time is left?’” Boyn­ton said. “It was, ‘there is time left and we’re gonna win.’ It’s really that sim­ple, no mat­ter what it takes.

“Our kids kept be­liev­ing. They fought. They com­peted with the type of fight that you have to in this league ev­ery sin­gle night.”


Ok­la­homa State’s Jef­frey Car­roll races across the court in cel­e­bra­tion of a 65-64 come­back win over Texas on Satur­day in Stillwater.

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