On boarding a handful of walk-ons due to attrition, Mike Boynton hoped to end the eight game conference losing streak in front of a home crowd. Trailing early in the contest, the Oklahoma State Cowboys refused to allow the TCU Horned Frogs to pull away. Tying the game up on a three pointer from Isaac Likelele with 12:58 remaining in the first half, the Cowboys seized momentum. That burst of confidence led turned into a 19-0 run for OSU who went on to win the game 68-61.
Leading the way, Thomas Dziagwa shot lights out from behind the arc. Connecting on 6-of-11 attempts from three point range, the junior netted a career high 23-points. The effort set the tone for the rest of the program as Oklahoma State hit on the seven of the first nine shots from range.
Falling off of the pace in the second half, the defense was continuously challenged by Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson. Combining for 38 points, the rest of the team failed to contribute in a significant way. Credit the Oklahoma State defense for challenging shots and refusing to give up unnecessary fouls. On the evening TCU shot a mere 27.8% from behind the arc and made only 11 trips to the charity stripe.
Knowing Coach Boynton relies on a seven man rotation, these are the kinds of numbers the group must post on each outing. Collecting a tenth win on the year, there are still supporters looking for a reason to tune in. Could this be the start of something good?