On Brad Underwood’s birthday, the Cowboys ran over the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions 102-66. Once again, OSU played a bogus non-conference game, but it was a good tune-up before a tough test against Wichita State on the road this Saturday. The Cowboys completely outmatched their opponent on Wednesday night, dominating on both ends the entire game.
Coming off a close and ugly win against Tulsa over the weekend, the Cowboys came out looking for a convincing win on their home floor. They succeeded in that last night, outclassing their opponent from the get-go. The Cowboys defense suffocated the Golden Lions, forcing 31 turnovers and then scored 41 points off of those turnovers. OSU scored over 100 points for 5th time this season, bringing their season average up a point to an incredible 93.5 points per game. Jeffrey Carroll led all scorers with 18 points; Lindy Waters, Leyton Hammonds, Camron McGriff, and Thomas Dzigawa were also in double figures.
The only concerning thing about the game was that the Cowboys did have 21 turnovers. Thankfully, because of the level of competition, that stat was somewhat irrelevant. However, OSU cannot turn the ball over that many times once Big 12 play starts. The Pokes will have to cut those down, starting on Saturday, if they want to have continued offensive success this season.
The freshman continue to impress for the Cowboys this season. With the exception of big man Lucas N’Guessan (11 minutes), Waters, McGriff, Brandon Averette, and Dzigawa all had 18 or more minutes played. Underwood is letting his young players develop in game rather than just in practice. This is setting up the OSU program for an extremely bright future, and I for one, am very excited.
Courtesy of ESPN, here are the full stats from tonight’s game:
Here are the highlights from last night’s beat down of the Golden Lions.
OSU has a couple days off before they travel to Wichita to take on Wichita State on Saturday evening. This will be a fantastic test for the Cowboys before conference play starts. Stay tuned for the game preview and MVP draft later this week!