It was all Oklahoma State from the get-go, but did we expect anything else from the Fightin’ Harambes?
The Cowboys jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first half, and had pushed the lead to 28 points before PSU even reached double digits. They never looked back. By half, it was a 57-26 Cowboys lead. Underwood wasn’t interested in coasting though, and kept the intensity up, working on the press defense for most of the second half. The Cowboys weren’t quite able to double up the Gorillas, with the final score being 117-64 Pokes.
Leading the Cowboys was Jeffery Carroll, with 22 points on 9-13 shooting to pair with 3 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench. Newcomer Cameron McGriff made a great debut as well, posting 16 points on 7-8 shooting, 5 rebounds and an assist.
The worst part of tonight’s game for the Cowboys was the turnovers. They turned the ball over 15 times, which is simply too many times against a team like Pittsburg State.
The defense Brad Underwood preached showed out tonight, forcing 29 turnovers, compared to OSU’s 15. This was a big focus point of Underwood’s in the offseason, and it is great to see that - at least in the first game - the Cowboys appear to have a much better defense than last year.
Both offense and defense are being recognized outside of the Stillwater area.
Peaking at Oklahoma State. Up 40-10 over Pittsburgh State. Running the "spread offense" made famous by Johnny Orr. Defensive intensity high!— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) November 2, 2016
As a team, the Cowboys out rebounded the Gorillas 39-22, and had a much better FG% (65.2% - 38.8%). As one would expect, the Cowboys did everything better tonight, and it is hard to gauge just how good this team is. In a couple weeks, though, we will find out just how good they are. If you are like me and want to pore over the box score, click here.
The Cowboys made history today, scoring the most points in a single game in school history in the 117-64 victory.
Up next, the Cowboys host the Campbell Camels in 10 days with a 7 p.m. tip off time.
We leave you with this.
We want Golden State.— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) November 2, 2016