SEATTLE – Adam Morrison banked in a 3-pointer over two Oklahoma State defenders with 2.5 seconds left to give No. 9 Gonzaga a wild 64-62 comeback win over the stunned Cowboys.

The game ended with Morrison mobbed by teammates while he stretched both arms wide to the roaring home-state crowd. He finished with 25 points – 11 of those off free throws – for Gonzaga (6-2).

Mario Boggan, one of the two Cowboys near Morrison’s chin on the game-deciding shot, finished with a career-high 19 to lead Oklahoma State (6-3).

The Cowboys, who have lost four starters from a team that reached the NCAA’s final 16 last season, have dropped two straight and are off to their worst start in seven seasons.

Morrison, the nation’s leading scorer with 29 points coming in, earned every point against Oklahoma State’s 6-foot-9 Marcus Dove, who continually hounded the preseason All-America and contested nearly every one of his shots. Morrison was held to 6-of-14 shooting.

Morrison finally made a 3-pointer with 2:40 left over Dove to get Gonzaga within 60-59, the closest the Bulldogs had been since 5:40 remained in the first half.

It was Morrison’s first shot to go through the basket since 7 minutes were left in the opening half; his only previous field goal in the second half came on a goaltending call.

And when J.P. Batista made a shot from the low blocks with 1:20 remaining, Gonzaga had its first lead since 6:14 remained in the first half. Oklahoma State’s Jamaal Brown answered with two free throws to put the Cowboys back ahead, 62-61, with 47.2 seconds remaining – setting up Morrison’s amazing finish.

The Cowboys matched Dove’s tenacity and turned much of the game into repeated scrums for the loose balls they kept forcing on Gonzaga possessions. They also harassed Bulldogs second-leading scorer Batista into 5-for-12 shooting inside, as the Gonzaga offense looked out of sync without injured point guard Derek Raivio.

AP-ES-12-10-05 1829EST


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