NORMAN, Okla. – Cade Cunningham unleashed his best performance yet in his first Bedlam rivalry game.
Oklahoma State's freshman star scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime to help the Cowboys defeat No. 7 Oklahoma 94-90 on Saturday.
“I think getting the win was how I wanted to put my plant on Bedlam,” the 6-foot-8 point guard said. “I have a trust in my coaches and teammates allowing me to get 40, but I think we all played to win, and that’s what I’m most happy about."
Now, the Cowboys will try to duplicate the performance — the teams will meet again on Monday at Oklahoma State. Cunningham said being ready for the rematch will go beyond ice tubs, healthy eating and rest.
“We just put a big physical toll on ourselves, so just making sure that we’re mentally ready, knowing personnel, watching film -- things like that -- those are the best things you can do,” he said.
Cunningham, the Big 12's leading scorer, blew away his previous scoring high of 29 points. He made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws. He also finished with 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Many project Cunningham to be the first pick in this year's NBA draft. The Sooners found out why up close.
“He’s not predicted No. 1 for no reason," said Oklahoma's Austin Reaves, the No. 2 scorer in the conference. "He’s a player. We knew he was a really good player, and he performed tonight, to say the least.”