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Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2005 1:09 AM EST
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Texas 74, (8) Oklahoma St 73

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- The nation's longest home winning streak ended in a most improbable fashion.

Terrence Crawford could have tied the game with three free throws with three-tenths of a second left but only could sink two as Texas snapped No. 8 Oklahoma State's 29-game winning streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena with a 74-73 Big 12 Conference victory.

Brad Buckman scored a career high-tying 27 points but committed several gaffes in the waning seconds for the Longhorns (20-9, 9-7 Big 12), who all but wrapped up an NCAA Tournament bid after sweeping the Cowboys.

"I do not know how we can not be in the Tournament," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We have two quality wins against an outstanding team, a team that people think is possibly a two seed. We came into an environment that is tough, and if anyone was watching tonight, it would be hard for us to find 34 teams that deserves to be in above us."

"If we are, that is great, but if we are not, we are still playing basketball," Buckman said. "We just need to move forward and use this game as momentum into the Big 12 tournament."

Texas held a 72-68 lead when Buckman missed a pair of free throws with 17.6 seconds remaining. Crawford countered with a 3-pointer to pull the Cowboys (21-6, 11-5) within one with 3.9 seconds left.

After Texas freshman Daniel Gibson sank two free throws for a 74-71 lead with 2.6 seconds left, the Longhorns called timeout. After Oklahoma State inbounded the ball to Crawford, Buckman attempted to foul the senior forward before he could attempt a shot but instead was whistled as Crawford launched a desperation shot from beyond midcourt.

"I was trying to foul Crawford before he would get the shot so he would have two free throws," Buckman said. "The clock was running low and the referee did not see me try to foul Terrence. They made the right call."

"At the end of the game we wanted to foul," Barnes said. "I think we fouled before the shot got off."

A 78 percent free-throw shooter, Crawford swished his first attempt but missed his second. After a Cowboys timeout, Crawford tried to miss his final shot to set up a tip, but he made the shot, and Texas inbounded the ball and ran out the clock.

"Terrence really played well for us," Cowboys forward Ivan McFarlin said. "He had a chance to win the game for us and he is probably hurting the most because he had a chance to tie it up for us. He played a great game. He kept some balls alive and played very hard. He is one guy that we are going to really need for the Big 12 tournament."

Joey Graham scored 17 points before fouling out with 1:23 left and JamesOn Curry added 16 for the Cowboys, who were trying to post back-to-back perfect home seasons for the first time since 1943-45.

"It definitely was not what we had in mind," Graham said. "We knew Texas' back was against the wall and that is how they played tonight. It was a tough game all the way through."

Texas shot an impressive 53 percent (24-of-45), including 61 percent (11-of-18) in the second half. Oklahoma State connected on 43 percent (26-of-60) overall.

The Longhorns took a 33-32 lead into halftime on a banked 3-pointer by Kenny Taylor at the buzzer.

The game featured nine ties and seven lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven points.

"We missed an opportunity tonight to compete for a No. 1 seed, but there is no reason that team can't regroup and still make it to the Final Four," Cowboys coach designate Sean Sutton said.


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