In their final tune-up before conference play begins Oklahoma State evened their season record to 6-6. The Cowboys overcame an early 6-0 deficit OSU used a 10-2 run late in the first half to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room against Texas A&M Corpus Christi .
OSU blasted their way to eleven quick points to open the second half and take control of the game by forcing turnovers and pushing the tempo.
“Oklahoma State did a good job of pushing tempo, particularly when they turned us over, and they do a good job of staying under control when they do it,” Islanders coach Willis Wilson said. “I think they’re a lot like us, a young team that’s growing and going to continue to get better.”
Cameron McGriff produced a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Thomas Dziagwa sank four second half three-point shots to produce a 12-point performance. Transfer guard Curtis Jones also scored 12 points off the bench.
The Cowboys now stand at 6-6 through what has been a difficult non-conference schedule but the hope is that it has prepared them for an extremely tough Big 12 slate.
“That was the purpose of this schedule,” OSU head coach Mike Boynton said. “When Iowa State comes here next week with a 6-foot-6 point guard, it won’t be anything we haven’t seen before. We’ve played size and talent, against great teams and great coaches. We shouldn’t be caught off guard by what we’ll see in the next two months.”
Oklahoma State opens up conference play Wednesday night at home against Iowa State.