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Oklahoma State couldn’t find a way to win on the road, but the final score didn’t reflect the game as a whole.
Early on, Mitchell Solomon showed his physicality by fighting for a jump ball. Solomon’s aggression brought back memories of Bedlam, and it’s why he’s so valuable for Oklahoma State down low. Texas Tech scored the first bucket of the game, but Brandon Averette and Solomon continued to provide the offensive spark for OSU’s first unit. After a Keenan Evans three, Solomon went back down court to put the Cowboys right back into the young game.
Lindy Waters and Kendall Smith checked in for the Pokes after the first media timeout and Smith almost immediately scored three for OSU which put the Cowboys down by one. Waters has provided a defensive presence of late. He took his 13th charge of the season. By giving that defensive skill, Waters helps OSU play that classic Cowboy brand of basketball, which has won the hearts of many a Poke fan.
The Cowboys had some sloppy spurts, one of which being right after the under 8:00 media timeout. A missed three by OSU, a turnover and an OSU committed foul happened in a matter of about 30 seconds. The game, for much of the first half, had Lubbock, Texas written all over it. Punch after punch, Tech was up by two possessions multiple times, but OSU continued to punch back which would ultimately lead to a resounding first half performance.
Thomas Dziagwa, came in for Oklahoma State after not seeing much time during Bedlam. Cowboy fans saw vintage Dizzy, with two three-pointers. The Cowboys got out of the slump they were in to begin the game, and really began to fire on all cylinders. A Jeffrey Carroll three put the Cowboys up 27-20 giving them their biggest lead thus far. Chris Beard called a timeout to no avail, as the Cowboys went on a 12-2 run that would last over 5 minutes. Tech closed in on the media timeout by fouling Cam McGriff, and turning over the ball to Cowboy center Yankuba Sima for a coast-to-coast lay in and a Red Raider foul.
After the media timeout, Texas Tech crawled back into the game cutting the Cowboy lead to 31-27. Oklahoma State did not let Tech into the rest of the half. OSU went into the locker room leading 37-25. OSU executed on the glass, outscoring Texas Tech’s second chance points 14-0. The Cowboys had a balanced offensive attack. The leading scorer, Dziagwa, had just six points.
The Cowboys tried to set the tone for the second half with a Tavarius Shine layup with 19:30 on the clock. Soon after the basket, Shine dealt his third foul, however, Boynton elected to leave him in, as he has for the past few games. Shine has got into foul trouble of late, and Boynton continues to leave him on the floor. Coach discussed those decisions in his weekly radio show explaining that he doesn’t believe he always has to go by “the book.”
Keenan Evans scored a two to bring Raider fans back into the game and put Texas Tech back within reach. Norense Odiase committed his third foul putting Carroll at the line for three shots. Carroll made all three. After Carroll’s foul shots, Lindy Waters took his 14th (!) charge and prevented a Texas Tech score with the Cowboys leading 45-31.
After a timeout on the floor, the game looked like it did in its infancy. Tech came out of the 16:00 media timeout with a three pointer, but Waters went right back down court to answer. Brandone Francis immediately answered the Waters three with a layup. Niem Stevenson woke up the fans in Lubbock with a layup to cut into OSU’s lead, but Cameron McGriff’s put back two answered the layup. Almost right after his basket, McGriff committed an offensive foul to allow Evans to cut the Cowboy lead, 50-40, which was followed by Odiase blocking a Kendall Smith bucket. Boynton called a timeout, giving not only the players, but the fans, a much-needed breather.
Coming out of the timeout, Texas Tech stormed back into the game. It all started with a Zach Smith steal and score to cut OSU’s lead to six. Dziagwa was fouled and made both of his free throws to put the Cowboys back into a more comfortable position; however, Jarrett Culver went back down court right after to score two for Tech. Mitchell Solomon committed his third foul with 9:05 remaining. Jarrett Culver barely missed a three, which would have made for a huge momentum swing. Just when you thought the stretch couldn’t be more bizarre, referee Tony Padilla had a few words with a fan courtside. A Carroll three put the Cowboys up 55-47 going into the media timeout, but Jarrett Evans answered again.
Francis sunk a three pointer for Texas Tech to cut the Cowboy lead to just one point (55-54). Waters was initially called for a foul against Brandon Francis, however, the officials rescinded the foul, giving the ball back to the Cowboys. Kendall Smith took advantage of the possession with a two pointer down low. With 5:30 remaining, Solomon, OSU’s key big man, assessed his fourth foul. Texas Tech made just one free throw. Keenan Evans sent Cam McGriff to the line for two. Jarett Culver made a quick layup and an unconteseted dunk to put Texas Tech up by one; Waters reclaimed the lead for the Cowboys, then Tech answered with a three ball to go up 62-60. In true Texas Tech athletics fashion, the heroic Jarrett Culver recorded a career high, while charging back into a game. Cam McGriff fouled out of the game, with just over 3:00 to go.
After the Radiers missed both of their free throws, Carroll committed another OSU offensive foul. Jarett Culver’s wide open three from the right wing placed his Red Raiders up 65-60 and elicited an OSU timeout at 2:23. With a reach-in foul, Solomon fouled out, decreasing OSU’s size significantly. Keenan Evans made both of his free throws. Carroll missed a two, but got a trip to the line. He made one; however, Tech quickly turned it over to OSU before even crossing half court. Another foul, Evans’s fourth, sent Sima to the line, and he missed both of his shots. Carroll stole the basketball, and quickly dished it to Shine who missed a three from the right wing. The Cowboys got into fouling mode with under a minute to go. Tavarius shine fouled out at 40.9 and the Cowboy bench looked bleak. The free throws put Texas Tech up by 9, but Waters scored a two and was fouled which created a three point play. A two possession game with about 30 seconds to go. The Cowboys quickly fouled Justin Gray who boasts an 83 FT percentage. He made both of his free throws to all but seal the deal for the Red Raiders. Brandon Averette sprinted down court and drew a foul from Stevenson. With Averette’s free throws, the Cowboys were back to within six. Texas Tech made one free throw, but Smith came down court with a huge dunk for the Pokes, narrowing the deficit to five. Averette joined his fellow fouled-out Cowboys with about 15 seconds to go. Kendall Smith had a layup to end the game for the Cowboys, and the Pokes backed off the pressure. OSU falls to 13-7 and 3-5 in conference play, still lacking a true road win.
TTU – Jarrett Culver 25 pts (career high), 8 reb and 1 asst.
OSU – Jeffrey Carroll 16 pts, 3 reb and 0 asst.
- This game had huge implications, and, in my opinion, went widely unnoticed, nationally.
- The OSU coaching staff wore golden laces on their sneakers for the “Suits and Sneakers” program by Coaches vs. Cancer. The laces were representative of the “Lace Up for Lacey” promo. Subtle, but awesome gesture. CVC is one of the best programs at OSU, and across the country.
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- Two Sutton boys were on either end of the floor tonight. (Sean with Tech and Scott with OSU). Clay Matvick and Tim Welsh discussed Eddie Sutton during the ESPN telecast, echoing the sentiments of OSU fans that he should be a Hall-of-Famer. I couldn’t agree more.
- Both Eddie Sutton and Mr. Iba would be very fond of all the charges Lindy has taken.
- Although the loss hurts, Tech is a really good team. Boynton said pregame that “Anybody who goes to Allen Fieldhouse and wins as convincingly as [Texas Tech] did, you know they’re a good team.”
- A buddy sent me this and I had to share. The Big 12 is uncanny and it provides must see TV. (Those aren’t greater than signs, they’re L’s.)
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- Oklahoma 85 Kanas 80
- Kendall Smith’s mustache should get the pub that Gundy’s mullet does. Make it happen, everyone.
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