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