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Oklahoma State Punches Ticket To NIT Quarterfinal

Rich DeCray

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys continue playing with an edge after being left out of the NCAA Tournament. Looking for a spot in the quarterfinals of the NIT, O-State took on the Stanford Cardinal. Trailing 47-42 heading into the final quarter, the Cowboys needed a big finish. “Even though we didn’t play our best 40 minutes,” said Head Coach Mike Boynton, “we played well enough to get away from them at the end of the game.” Scoring 29 points in the final ten minutes, OSU pulled ahead for a 71-65 final.

On the offensive side of the ball, Jeffrey Carroll created space by knocking down three point attempt after three point attempt. Tying a career high of five treys, the senior led the charge with 26 points. Joining in on the fun, Kendall Smith netted 19 of his won in front of a home crowd. When this duo finds a rhythm, they can give any defense problems.

It’s clear this team enjoys playing together and hopes to continue the run to the championship game. That mindset was on display throughout the duration of the closing quarter. “We weren’t ready for this team to be over with and we stepped up as leaders and talked to the team in the huddle,” is what Smith told reporters. “Immediately in the beginning of the fourth quarter, we came out with the right mindset. We were getting stops and getting out running.”

Now, the Cowboys must await the winner of USC and Western Kentucky for a shot at the semifinals.

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