Freshman leads OSU to victory with career night

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Freshman James Anderson made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Oklahoma State defeated East Tennessee State 78-65 on Saturday night.

Oklahoma State (5-3) rallied from a 63-59 deficit during the final eight minutes for the victory against the Buccaneers, who were on the verge of pulling off the upset for what would have been their first-ever win over a Big 12 Conference opponent in nine games.

East Tennessee State (4-4) is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Oklahoma State now is 4-1 against teams from that league.

Anderson got the Cowboys' rally started with a 3-pointer and Oklahoma State outscored East Tennessee State 19-2 over the game's final eight minutes. Anderson and Byron Eaton each scored five points, while Obi Muonelo drained a 3-pointer during the Cowboys' run.

Anderson went 6 of 11 from 3-point range for the Cowboys, who made a season-high 13 shots from behind the arc, matching the third-highest total in school history. The Cowboys also attempted 32 3-point shots, their second-highest total ever.

In his last five games, Anderson is 19 of 32 from behind the 3-point line.

But he wasn't the only one draining 3-pointers. East Tennessee State's Courtney Pigram, the Atlantic Sun's player of the year last season, was outstanding in the second half after scoring just five points in the first half.

Pigram made his first five shots of the second half, including four 3-pointers, to keep the Buccaneers alive. The 6-foot-1 guard even hit a 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds.

Pigram's 2-point basket moments later gave the Buccaneers their 63-59 lead, but they would score just once more, on Andrew Reed's jump hook in the lane with 6:51 left.

Pigram, who scored 23 points, gave the Buccaneers their largest lead of the game at 55-49 with his 3-pointer with 12:57 left.

Anderson scored 18 of his points in the first 20 minutes, hitting 5 of 10 shots, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc.

During a six-minute stretch of the first half, Anderson and the Cowboys hit six 3-pointers, fueling a 24-9 run that gave them a 28-15 lead. Anderson hit three of those 3-pointers, while Nick Sidorakis added two.

But the Buccaneers used a 10-0 run of their own to get back in the game and pulled within two points by halftime.