Oklahoma State faced a daunting task in Sunrise, FL. this afternoon as they faced the 19th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.
The ‘Noles were one of six remaining undefeated teams in college basketball headed into the game, but the Cowboys had a different plan in store. After a frantic 39 minutes filled with lead changes and questionable calls, Mitchell Solomon’s play allowed the Cowboys to leave the Sunshine State with a massive 71-70 win.
In the last minute of play, Solomon had four crucial points, two rebounds, and stepped in front of a runaway Seminole for a game-sealing charge. Solomon was no doubt the MVP of this game. He stepped up and played like the leader this team needed. He ended the game with a double-double.
Carroll looks to be getting his rhythm back after going 4-7 from the 3-point line, 7-19 from the field and 5-6 from the charity stripe. He ended his day with a team-leading 23 points. He hit this big three with about 3:40 left to give the Cowboys a 64-63 lead.
Yankuba Sima made his debut as expected today, and his first points as a Cowboy came on this side-step dunk.
Oklahoma State fans have been anxiously awaiting for Sima to be able to play and he didn’t disappoint. Excited to see what he can bring to the Cowboys for the rest of the season.
This team needed a big win. They’ve had some opportunities but just weren’t able to execute. Today it seemed like everything was just going their way. They made some clutch shots. They were rebounding the ball and doing something with it on the other side. They had 40 total rebounds. Four different Cowboys made it to double digit point totals (Solomon, Carroll, Tavarius Shine with 12 points, and Lindy Waters with 10).
Phil Cofer and Terance Mann both had fantastic games for the ‘Noles. Cofer dropped 22 points, and Mann poured in 20, and also hauled in 14 boards. It seemed as if the Seminoles always had an answer for the Cowboys, but some mistakes at the end of the game cost the Seminoles their undefeated season.
Can we just talk about Mike Boynton for a second? Everybody gather ‘round...
He’s doing one heck of a job with this team. It seems as if he continuously sees their mistakes, and corrects them quickly. Cade said it on the Periscope, but Oklahoma State was absolutely the more well-coached team on Saturday. He drew up some great plays, and has the fans behind him. That’s a success.