Two days after getting snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the Cowboys extended their season by advancing to the second round of the NIT with an 80-68 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Senior Jeffrey Carroll used a career-high 12 free throw attempts to pace Oklahoma State with 18 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds.
OSU held a slight lead, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter but the Cowboys outscored the Eagles 23-15 in the second to position themselves with a double-digit lead at the half.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) March 14, 2018
On a poor shooting night Oklahoma State made headway by earning trips to the free throw line. The Cowboys only connected on 35.6% of their field goal attempts but made good on 78% of their 41 free throw attempts.
Mitchell Solomon, Lindy Waters, and Tavarius Shine all joined Carroll scoring in double figures.
Oklahoma State will host the winner of Stanford and BYU in the second round of the tournament.