Lindy Waters III and Cameron McGriff combined for 28 points and the bench poured in another 31 points but it wasn’t enough to keep Oklahoma State from falling to 4-3 on the season.
Minnesota shot above 50% from the floor and three-point line (57.1%) to blister the nets in an 83-76 win over the Cowboys. Senior forward Jordan Murphy led all scorers with 24 points and four of Minnesota’s five starters scored in double figures. Murphy also grabbed 16 rebounds to record his 51st career double-double.
Thanks to a late rally, the Cowboys played the Golden Gophers to a 38-38 draw in the second half but OSU’s 7-point first half deficit was too much to overcome.
What Went Right For Oklahoma State
Three-Point Shooting | Typically when you shoot 50% or better from three-point range you’re going to be alright. Not on this night though. The Cowboys were 10-of-19 from long range (52.6%) with Waters and McGriff combining to go 6-of-9.
Takeaways | Oklahoma State forced Minnesota into 18 total turnovers.
Bench Scoring | Sophomore guard Michael Weathers was second on the team in scoring with his 17-point effort and senior Mike Cunningham contributed 12 points. As conference play approaches OSU will need more big nights like this from their bench.
What Went Wrong For Oklahoma State
Free Throws | Missed free throws will drive a coach nuts. The Pokes were just 50% from the charity stripe Friday night, missing 12 of their 24 shots. It doesn’t require a lot of looking around to see what could have been in a 7-point loss.
Inside Presence | Oklahoma State may have been feeling it from long range but life inside the three-point line was vastly different. The Cowboys shot 42.9% overall from the floor and were hampered by eight Minnesota blocked shots. Golden Golpher centers Daniel Oturu and Matz Stockman had three blocks each.
Oklahoma State plays at Tulsa on December 5th.