Oklahoma State trailed late in the first half, but Head Coach Mike Boynton remained calm, preaching consistent and sound defense. Buying into the concept, the Cowboys rattled off a 12-1 run to close out the opening twenty minutes of play against College of Charleston. “From day one, it is who we have to be for us to have the most success possible. We’ve got to be a team that no matter who the opponent is, no matter where the game is played, we have to be the hardest playing team on the court,” said Boynton. Picking up momentum, the host program headed to the locker room holding a 30-27 lead.
Beginning to value each possession, Thomas Dziagwa’s efficient evening contributed to a 70-58 win in Stillwater. “If shots fall or don’t fall I just trust the work I put in. You can’t really say anything other than that. I am just focused on getting better every day and putting W’s in the win column,” said the junior guard. Knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc, Dziagwa set the tone. Clearly the mindset permeated throughout the rest of the squad as four others scored in double digits.
Widening the gap at the open of the second half, the Cowboys picked up right where the program left off before hitting the locker room. Utilizing an 11 point run, the lead ballooned to 51-31 and O-State never looked back. Running toward the finish line, OSU held off the Cougars in a 70-58 victory.
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Racking up a team high 16 points, Michael Weathers played regular minutes. As a player with the ability to slash through openings, the guard keeps defenders on their heels most of the time. It’s an athletic ability like the one Weathers possesses that simply opens up opportunities for others to shine. One such player was none other than Cameron McGriff.
McGriff added another 16 points of his own on the scoreboard before the close of the contest. Now the program must prepare for a battle in Orlando with the Memphis Tigers.