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Cowboys advance to Big 12 championship game with win over Baylor

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West Virginia and Oklahoma State compete during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championship at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2021. (Denny Medley\Big 12 Conference)

One more for the championship.

Oklahoma State stormed back late in the second half to knock off top-seeded Baylor 83-74 in the Big 12 Tournament on Friday night, advancing to the championship game.

After a slow shooting start, Baylor began to catch fire and build an eight-point lead with eight minutes to play.

But the Cowboys never backed down from one of the top teams in the country.

Big 12 Player of the Year Cade Cunningham showed out in the biggest game of his career so far, finishing with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He knocked down huge back-to-back 3-pointers to take the lead with four minutes left.

Cunningham also made five free throws in the final seconds to preserve OSU’s lead and keep the game out of the reach of the Bears.

Sophomore Avery Anderson and freshman Rondel Walker also converted clutch and-one layups late. The duo added 20 and 11 points, respectively.

Every Cowboy who played scored except Bryce Williams, who played only the first three minutes of the game and didn’t return after that.

The Cowboys play Texas on Saturday for the Big 12 automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.