Hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks in Stillwater during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Oklahoma State Cowboys looked to end a four game losing streak. Taking the court, the program quickly jumped out an early 26-14 lead behind a pair of Thomas Dziagwa free throws with 9:15 remaining in the first half. Retreating toward the defensive side of the court, things quickly turned.
In the face of adversity, A.J. Lawson continuously showcased poise while facilitating the USC offense. Finding open shooters, the freshman guard helped the Gamecocks rattle of a 14-5 run to close out the half. Cutting the deficit considerably, the visiting team remained in the contest at 33-28 while possessing all the momentum.
In the second half, USC finally overcame the hurdle and claimed a 63-62 lead with 5:36 in regulation. If there was a moment for the Cowboys to respond, this was clearly it. Gathering in front of a home crowd, O-State made the most of each opportunity. Finding a way to the free throw line consistently, OSU pulled away thanks to a 12-4 run sparked by a Lindy Waters assist.
Down the stretch, Waters provided a much needed boost by scoring the final four points of the game for Oklahoma State. Those points proved to be the margin by which the home team secured victory. On the afternoon, Waters scored 17 points as two others scored in double-digits as well.
Securing a 74-70 decision in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, OSU improves to 9-11 on the year.