Cowboys Hold Off Red Raiders, 67-59

Michael Cobbins dunks for two points against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Michael Cobbins dunks for two points against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Jan. 4, 2012

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Keiton Page scored 23 points, freshman Le'Bryan Nash matched his career high with 21 points and Oklahoma State held off a late Texas Tech rally to open Big 12 play with a 67-59 victory on Wednesday night.

After Oklahoma State's 13-point lead dwindled to two, Page hit a step-back 3-pointer with 2:40 remaining to put the Cowboys up 60-55. After a miss on the next possession, Page curled around a screen to hit another 3-pointer from the left wing and give OSU a six-point edge.

He added four free throws in the final 17 seconds to put the game away.

Oklahoma State committed a school-record low two turnovers in the game, both in the second period. It's the fewest turnovers in a game since the statistic began being kept during the 1974-75 season.

Cowboy freshman Le'Bryan Nash socred 21 points, including 16 in the first half. Markel Brown scored 10 points off the bench despite nursing a leg injury.

Freshman Jordan Tolbert had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Red Raiders. Ty Nurse, Jaye Crockett and Javarez Willis added 11 points apiece.

Oklahoma State (8-6 overall, 1-0 Big 12) will travel to Austin, Texas, this weekend for a Saturday evening game against the Texas Longhorns. Tipoff is set for 6 pm, and the game will be televised by the Cowboy Sports Network.



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