Nembhard, LeDee help TCU slip past Oklahoma State 81-78

FORT WORTH, Texas -- — RJ Nembhard had 20 points, Jaedon LeDee converted a three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and TCU beat Oklahoma State 81-78 on Wednesday night.

Mike Miles scored 18 points, Charles O'Bannon added 15 and Kevin Samuel 14 for TCU (10-7, 3-5 Big 12).

Miles made a layup to make it 78-all with 17 seconds to play. Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham, rather than playing for the last shot, raced down court and missed a contested layup five seconds later. LeDee leaked out, took an outlet pass from Taryn Todd and was fouled as he made a driving layup. His free throw capped the scoring.

Cunningham's potential tying half-court shot as time expired rimmed out.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 freshman guard who is the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, scored 15 of his 19 points in the final 10 minutes for Oklahoma State (11-5, 4-5). Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 freshman has three double-doubles in the last four games.

Cunningham, the conference's leading scorer (18.1) going into the game, picked up two early fouls and played just eight scoreless minutes in the first half and faced chants of “Overrated!” from the limited crowd.

After LeDee made a layup to give TCU a nine-point lead with 11 minutes to play, OSU scored 15 of the next 21 points, including eight by Cunningham, to make it 64-64 about six minutes later.

There were five more ties and four lead changes from there, the last of which came on LeDee's winner.


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