Coming into the season Le'Bryan Nash was the Oklahoma St. Cowboys freshman on everyone's lips, but fellow frosh Cezar Guerrero is the reason the Pokes overcame a strong effort from UT-San Antonio tonight, defeating the Roadrunners 90-85 in overtime at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
Guerrero scored six points in the final 15 seconds of regulation to revive the Cowboys and send the game into overtime. A jumper, free throw, steal and three-pointer within a three second span by Guerrero tied the game at 77 before heading to the extra frame. The Roadrunners' Sei Paye, who hit the game winner Wednesday night against Oral Roberts, missed a last second layup to end regulation.
Guerrero led Ok State with 29 points helped in part by eight threes. Nash and J.P. Olukemi each had double digit performances, despite poor shooting from both. Nash put in 18 on 5-13 shooting from the field (8-12 from the line) while Olukemi went 1-6 and ended up with 12 points, based on his 10-12 shooting from the charity stripe.
Roadrunner JUCO transfer Michael Hale III led UTSA with 26 points.
The Cowboys were without lone senior Keiton Page, who sat out with what Ok State described as a type of turf toe.
With the win, Ok State advances to the Final Four of the NIT Season Tip-Off along with Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Stanford. The semifinals will take place November 23 with the championship and consolation game tipping on November 25.