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Cowboys fall short in Lawerence, 94-67

For a while it looked promising. . . that was fun.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A gutsy performance by Tyree Griffin wasn't enough, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to 12-14, 3-10 in conference, with a 94-67 loss in the Phog to second ranked Kansas.

The Cowboys stormed out of the gates, taking an 8-0 lead, and then later stretching it to 10-3. However, Oklahoma State simply did not have the offensive firepower to go toe to toe with the Jayhawks, resulting in the lopsided loss. The Cowboys stayed within a handful of points for the majority of the first half, but Kansas used a late run and a three pointer at the buzzer to take a 47-34 lead into halftime. Oklahoma State led 25-17 at one point, but Kansas finished the half on a 30-9 run. No, that was not a mistake. A 30-9 run. It was Kansas who took control of the opening moments of the second half, but there's something about these Cowboys that do not give up. With a little over 11 minutes to go, Oklahoma State trimmed the lead to 61-54, but that was as close as Kansas would allow. KU ended the game on a 32-11 run. Once again, not a typo.

Tavarius Shine had a nice game off the bench, scoring 11 for the Pokes, while Jeff Newberry went off for 19. Jeffrey Carroll pitched in with 13, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. But it was Tyree Griffin who stole the show. Griffin went for a season and career high 12 assists, to go along with 37 minutes of playing time. Cowboy nation held their collective breath when Griffin went down with an ugly looking ankle sprain at the end of the first half, but was out to start the second half .

The Cowboys have the rest of the week off before hosting Texas Tech on Saturday.