Oklahoma State started Tuesday out with the news that graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham had left the program. They ended the day with an upset win over conference rival Texas.
The struggling Cowboys had opened conference play with back-to-back losses to Iowa State and Oklahoma but took out their aggression on the Longhorns in the first twenty minutes of play and then held on through the second half.
Owning a 39-22 lead at the half, OSU made just five field goals in the second half to hang on for a 61-58 win. Guard Lindy Waters led all scorers with 19 points and was just a rebound shy of posting a double-double for the Pokes.
Texas pulled to within 59-58 of Oklahoma State on a Matt Coleman layup with 11 seconds left in the game. A pair of free throws from Isaac Likekele put the OSU lead back to three, 61-58, and a final three-point shot by Courtney Ramey was off the mark, preserving the win for the Pokes.
The Longhorns shot almost 42% from the floor but were just 2-of-22 from three-point range (9.1%).
“We came in sluggish,” Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski said after the game, “not really respecting Oklahoma State like we should have.”
The 58 points by Texas was their second lowest output of the season. They scored 53 points in a loss to VCU on December 5th.
The Cowboys (7-8, 1-2) had lost six of their last eight games leading up to Tuesday night. They’ll look to put together back-to-back wins for the first time in conference play on Saturday when they travel to West Virginia.