After dropping their first game of the season, to eventual 2017 Progressive Legends Classic champions Texas A&M, on Monday night the Oklahoma State Cowboys bounced back with a 73-67 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Jeffrey Carroll came off the bench to lead OSU to the consolation title of the tournament by leading all scorers with 29 points. He was supported by sophomore guard Thomas Dziagwa who was the only other OSU player in double figures with 12.
The Cowboys led by as many as eight and overcame a five point deficit to secure their fourth win of the season. OSU forced 14 turnovers and dominated the boards by a margin of 44-28.
Jeffery to the rescue! Jeffery Carroll may be coming off the bench but he showed on Tuesday that he has the ability to make the Cowboys a different team. After struggling to find his shot on Monday night he shot 58% from the floor on Tuesday night in 25 minutes of playing time.
We’ll take all the charity we can get. OSU’s efforts Tuesday night were boosted by earning 19 attempts from the free throw line and converting 16 of them. They made it to the charity stripe 11 times in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Perspective is a priority. While it’s certainly appropriate to celebrate the win there has to be some perspective as well. Pittsburgh has something in common with all of Oklahoma State’s other defeated opponents. They’ve only won one game this season.