Not even a power outage could stop the Oklahoma State basketball team tonight. Granted, it was against 3-8 Longwood University, but Oklahoma State looked dominant against a weaker opponent for the first time this year.
The Cowboys raced out to a 15-0 lead and stretched it to 22-3 before the Lancers could catch their breath. Leyton Hammonds channeled his inner Phil Forte early on, knocking down his first four threes. Despite the hot start, OSU couldn’t put the nail in the coffin right then and there, as Longwood used a late run to cut the halftime deficit to 12.
It didn’t look like the Cowboys were going to put away Longwood anytime soon coming out of the break. Shots that were falling in the first half weren’t falling in the second, and the Lancers found confidence they didn’t have early on. Then, the unexplainable happened. In the middle of a Jawun Evans three point attempt, the lights went out at Gallagher Iba. One of the main breakers inexplicably went out, causing a 42 minute delay. The delay ended up working out in the Cowboys favor, and the lead that once was cut to seven, grew back to double digits where it stayed the rest of the game.
With the 73-55 win, Oklahoma State snaps their two game home losing streak along with picking up win No. 1,600 in school history. Now the Pokes should have a little bit of momentum heading into Saturday, when the Pokes travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. Hammonds had a career high 22 points including 11-12 from the line, while Joe Burton pitched in 13. The Cowboys, now 7-3, made a season high 10 three-pointers en route to the victory.