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RECAP: Oklahoma State takes care of Austin Peay 79-63

The Cowboys pull out a solid home win despite an ugly second half.

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

It was a tale of two of two halves for the Cowboys tonight, as they defeated the Austin Peay Governors 79-63 in Stillwater.

First Half Recap:

Early on, it appeared that the Cowboys were on track for another big win. They were shooting 51.1% in the paint, and 42.9 from beyond the arc. The Cowboys played solid defense as well, holding the Governors to 23 points at the half. They did that despite Austin Peay shooting 66.7% from beyond the arc.

The offense was hot as well, scoring 47 points in the half. Jeffery Carroll had a big half with nine points. Lindy Waters trailed him with eight points of his own. The Cowboys were on fire from the 3-point line, and this one from Tavarius Shine got things going early:

And it didn’t stop there. These came from Thomas Dziagwa and Cameron McGriff:

Second Half Recap:

The story change in the second half. Apparently whatever 3-point shooting powers the Cowboys had acquired wore off while in the locker room. The Cowboys went cold from beyond the arc. They went with just two three-pointers in the second half, and shot 33 percent from beyond the arc. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen them go ice-cold from three either. It’s something Boynton and Co. will assuredly want to get worked out.

Play of the Game:

Carroll would end the night leading the team with 17 points.

Overall it wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but they pulled out a double-digit win despite a second half they’ll want to forget.

Next up, the Cowboys take on Mississippi Valley State at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Gallegher-Iba Arena.