STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- John Lucas took control of game in the final minutes to help 19th-ranked Oklahoma State get its fifth straight win.
Lucas scored the final six points for the Cowboys, who pulled into a first-place tie in the Big 12 Conference with a 70-66 triumph over No. 14 Texas Tech.
After teammate Joey Graham tied the game with 1:49 left, the speedy Lucas put the Cowboys (15-2, 5-1 Big 12) up for good 45 seconds later.
Texas Tech (16-4, 4-2) had a series of chances to get even in the final minute. The first came when Joseph Works missed two free throws with 37 seconds left. Andre Emmett came up with the second miss, but he was pushed to the ground and the Cowboys' Daniel Bobik ended up with the ball.
Bobik missed two free throws, giving the Red Raiders another opportunity. Freshman Jarrius Jackson missed a short jumper, but the rebound came right back to him. However, Lucas reached in and pried the ball loose and it sailed out of bounds and was awarded to Oklahoma State, despite the protests of Texas Tech coach Bob Knight.
"(Lucas) was great in the end," Graham said. "I knew when we got him here he was something special. He proved it tonight."
"I think the game came down to the end, which we hoped it would," Knight said. "We hoped we would get to the end with a chance to win it. I thought the biggest play was Lucas' drive off the double screen for a basket."
Lucas made four foul shots in the final 12 seconds to seal it and avenge an 83-62 loss at Texas Tech on January 10.
The loss was the second heartbreaking defeat of the week for the Red Raiders. Texas rallied for a 62-61 overtime victory over Texas Tech on Monday, forcing the extra session with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
"I thought it (Saturday's game) was a game that we didn't throw away," Knight said. "I feel like we had chances and they had chances. I thought that the Texas game was one that we just threw away."
Tempers flared briefly with 8:39 remaining when Graham received an offensive foul for elbowing the Red Raiders' Ronald Ross. The partisan crowd responded by booing and a spectator threw a water bottle onto the court.
A technical foul initally was called on the Cowboys' fans but officals decided to rescind the call after consulting with Knight. Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton then briefly addressed the fans in an attempt to calm matters.