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March 21, 2009

Eaton lifts OSU to Round Two

DAYTON, Ohio — Marshall Moses sat on the bench, afraid to look at his coach as the minutes ticked away during Oklahoma State’s first round NCAA Tournament battle with Tennessee.

Moses gave Tennessee 2 points on a technical foul but was bailed out with 7 seconds remaining when Byron Eaton drove the lane and switched hands in mid-air to score the game-winning basket and give Oklahoma State a 77-75 victory and a ticket to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.

Moses slapped the backboard on an influential dunk late in the game and gave Tennessee two free throws — both of which they hit.

“I was scared to look at coach,” Moses said. “It was in my mind, but luckily Byron saved me with that bucket at the end.”

Tyler Smith hit a layup and a free throw with 24 seconds left to give Tennessee a 1-point lead, but Eaton gathered his teammates and told them they were going to win — asking for the ball in the closing seconds even before Travis Ford gave him the chance.

“Before coach said it, I said it,” Eaton said. “I told my teammates don’t worry about it. I told Marshall (Moses), ‘Come set me a flat screen, I’m going to get somebody a shot or I’m going to get a shot.’ When I get going I don’t think too many people can stop me, especially when I got my pull-up jumper working.”

Eaton’s jump shot was working for most of the afternoon and in the first half was 4-for-5 from the field — finishing at a clip of 7-for-10.

After his lay-up Eaton was worried that he had left too much time on the clock. Ford had drawn up a double screen for Moses and Eaton, but Eaton used Moses’ first screen to open up the lane with an gap that came earlier than expected.

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