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RECAP: Oklahoma State falls flat against Kansas State, loses 96-88

Cowboys once again prove to be their own best opponent on the floor.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

What is wrong in Stillwater?

The Cowboys look good enough to win for most of the game, but once that game clock hits about 6-8 minutes to go in the second half, it’s like the clock strikes midnight on Cinderella and everything falls apart. Offensive and defensive technique goes out of the arena. (Gotta keep it rated G here...)

For most of the contest, it was a really fun back-and-forth game. The Wildcats did a good job stopping OSU runs before they even got started, and prevented the fans from blowing the roof off the place and killed the Cowboys’ momentum just as it got started.

They did so with high percentage shots, as evidenced by their shot chart:

Jeffrey Carroll once again led the Pokes in their losing effort, putting up an impressive 24 points on 7-10 shooting, including 4-4 from behind the arc. He also accumulated seven rebounds, an assist, and a steal for the Cowboys.

It’s a tough call, but I would say Wesley Iwundu was the best Wildcat on the floor tonight. He had 15 points on 4-8 shooting and hit all six of his attempts from the line, but the impressive thing to me is he also led the team in rebounds and assists, racking up eight apiece.

The Wildcats did a good job shutting down Phil Forte tonight I thought, only holding him to five 3-point attempts, of which he made three.

Let’s take a look at the final stats.

Kansas State Box Score
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Oklahoma State Box Score
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Final Team Stats
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With the loss, the Cowboys fall to 10-8 on the season, and still cannot find a win in their conference, dropping six in a row. The Wildcats improve to 14-4 on the season, and are at .500 in the conference with a 3-3 record.

Up next, the Cowboys travel to West Texas to take on Tortilla Tech Saturday at 1 p.m.