11:30 p.m. on 19 March 19, 2021 CDT – Updated at 11:33 pm on March 19 March 2021 CDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Cade Cunningham pledged to lead the Oklahoma state to a strong run through the NCAA tournament The freshman All-American didn’t make an explosive debut, but just enough to beat the Cowboys in a game first on Friday night Round to lead the Midwest to a 69:60 victory over Liberty

Cunningham scored 15 points – nine in a row in the final minutes – and led No. 4 Seed Oklahoma State to its first NCAA tournament victory since 2009. Avery Anderson III led the Cowboys with 21 points

Before the tournament began, Cunningham said he intended to mimic Carmelo Anthony who led Syracuse to the national title as a freshman in 2003, but the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year battled for most of his debuts until his later rise in OSU ( 21-8) gave room to breathe against the stubborn Flames (23-6)

He missed his first five shots and finished only 3 of 15 shots, including 2 of 8 from a long distance.But both 3s were on time and he converted 7 of 9 free throws, posts that were badly needed with Liberty to be quick with a quick boost to answer

“Cade’s shots were fired in the first half but he saw during the game that they were going to start falling,” he said, “and that was a big time”

Anderson took on the offensive for Oklahoma State, scoring 14 points in the first half, shooting 8 of 14, including a three-point game at 10:25 for a 50-44 lead, and grabbing seven rebounds

“I’m not worried about Cade,” said OSU trainer Mike Boynton of his Star Guard. “I think everyone else is a lot more worried about him than me. Firstly, I’ve known the kid since he was 14 Year of age I know how he’s wired and I know he wants to play to win

“And if that means he needs to get 10 points and involve other people and allow other people like Avery Anderson or Matthew-Alexander (Moncrieffe) to take the load offensively, then he’s fine””

Moncrieffe added 10 points for OSU, which will take on the state of Oregon in the second round on Sunday. The beavers with the twelfth seed angered Tennessee on Friday with the fifth seed

Elijah Cuffee had 16 points and Darius McGhee 12 for Atlantic Sun Champion Liberty, who had won his last 12 games.Liberty was looking for another NCAA surprise two years after hitting the state of Mississippi in the first round

Usually, the Flames were one of the safer teams in the nation They hit a season high of 18 sales and were rimmed on the 37-36 glass. The OSU scored 18 points on those mistakes while the rebounds played a big role in swinging toward the Cowboys

“The game was extremely physical and you can just look at those two stats, the turnover and how many free-throw attempts they had,” said Liberty coach Ritchie McKay. “They really just bowed their heads, they rode it and they did made our way to where they were the attacker and we are obviously in bad trouble ”

The fan base of both teams loudly supported the Indiana Farmers Coliseum with 6800 seated home to the Horizon League IUPUI and Indy Fuel ECHL team, the socially distant Liberty fans cheered the Eagles from the east end of the 82-year-old arena, where capacity is at Nov.200 lay

In order not to be outdone, several hundred fans at the West End tried to energize the cowboys It worked when the OSU ended much better than many tracks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Cade Cunningham pledged to lead the Oklahoma state to a strong run through the NCAA tournament.The freshman All-American didn’t make an explosive debut, but just enough to beat the Cowboys in a first game on Friday night Round to lead the Midwest to a 69:60 victory over Liberty

Cunningham scored 15 points – nine in a row in the final minutes – and led No. 4 Seed Oklahoma State to its first NCAA tournament victory since 2009. Avery Anderson III led the Cowboys with 21 points

Before the tournament began, Cunningham said he intended to mimic Carmelo Anthony who led Syracuse to the national title as a freshman in 2003 but the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year battled for most of his debuts until his later rise in OSU ( 21-8) gave room to breathe against the stubborn Flames (23-6)

He missed his first five shots and only finished 3 of 15 shots, including 2 of 8 from long range but both 3s were on time and he converted 7 of 9 free throws, posts that were badly needed as Liberty was able to respond quickly with a quick push

“Cade’s shots were fired in the first half but he saw during the game that they were going to start falling,” he said, “and that was a big time”

Anderson took on the offensive for Oklahoma State, scoring 14 points in the first half. He shot 8 of 14, including a three-point game at 10:25 for a 50-44 lead, and grabbed seven rebounds

“I’m not worried about Cade,” said OSU trainer Mike Boynton of his Star Guard. “I think everyone else is a lot more worried about him than me. Firstly, I’ve known the kid since he was 14 Year of age I know how he’s wired and I know he wants to play to win

“And if that means he needs to get 10 points and involve other people and allow other people like Avery Anderson or Matthew-Alexander (Moncrieffe) to take the load offensively, then he’s fine””

Moncrieffe added 10 points for OSU, which will take on the state of Oregon in the second round on Sunday. The beavers with the twelfth seed angered Tennessee on Friday with the fifth seed

Elijah Cuffee had 16 points and Darius McGhee 12 for Atlantic Sun Champion Liberty, who had won his last 12 games.Liberty was looking for another NCAA surprise two years after hitting the state of Mississippi in the first round

Usually, the Flames were one of the safer teams in the nation They hit a season high of 18 sales and were rimmed on the 37-36 glass. The OSU scored 18 points on those mistakes, while the rebounds played a huge role in swinging toward the Cowboys

“The game was extremely physical and you can just look at those two stats, the turnover and how many free-throw attempts they had,” said Liberty coach Ritchie McKay. “They really just bowed their heads, they rode it and they did made our way to where they were the attacker and we are obviously in bad trouble ”

The fan base of both teams loudly supported the Indiana Farmers Coliseum with 6800 seated home to the Horizon League IUPUI and Indy Fuel ECHL team, the socially distant Liberty fans cheered the Eagles from the east end of the 82-year-old arena, where capacity is at Nov.200 lay

In order not to be outdone, several hundred fans at the West End tried to energize the cowboys It worked when the OSU ended much better than many tracks

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Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/2021/03/20/cade-cunningham-struggles-but-oklahoma-state-survives-libertys-challenge-in-ncaa-tournament-opener/