It was a group effort for the Cowboys in their 83-62 victory over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. The Pokes had five players in double figures lead by Kendall Smith’s 14 points on 45 percent shooting. Oklahoma State also boasted season highs in forced turnovers and steals with 21 and 13 respectively.
The Pokes again utilized their deep bench in this one as 11 players clocked in over 10 minutes. It’s worth noting as well that Davon Dillard, who played 10 minutes this afternoon, will only see his time go up as he continues to ease his way back into the lineup after being suspended for the first few games this season.
While the Cowboys bench play was solid, it is worth noting that the Delta Devils actually outscored them 51-32 in bench points.
Oklahoma State’s hot 3-point shooting continued as well. The Cowboys sank 11 three pointers, marking the third straight game this season the team has made at least 10 three’s. Six total Cowboys got in on the 3-point fun including none other than Mitchell Solomon, who got one late in the first half and has become noticeably more confident with his shot. Solomon shot 100 percent from the field on 5-of-5 shooting.
Cameron McGriff had arguably one of his best games this season. McGriff posted an impressive stat line with 11 points, 9 boards, 3 assists and 1 block as he just missed out on a double double. Here’s a nasty windmill dunk Cam had in the first half.
Cam with the windmill slam!— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 3, 2017
... And we have all the angles for you! pic.twitter.com/k0oVetwMX7
Jeffrey Carroll inched closer to the 1,000 point milestone as he posted 10 today. Carroll is currently at 982 career points, so the achievement is certainly in sight on Saturday against No. 5 Wichita State.
While the game’s outcome was never in doubt, it had an odd feel to it. The Cowboys were up by around twenty for the entire game but it never really felt like they completely dominated the game as expected. To credit MVSU, they really had one of their better games this season. The Delta Devils shot 42 percent, which was over their season average of 37.5 percent. They also grabbed 34 rebounds to the Cowboys’ 35, even though they were easily the smaller team.
Looking ahead to Saturday, it’ll be nice for this team to get a full week of practice to prepare for one of the best teams in college basketball. It should be interesting to see how the offense looks to create shots because these wide-open threes surely won’t be there against Wichita State. We are going to find out a lot about what this team is about on Saturday.
Let’s get a good turnout on Saturday from the students! This team deserves some support. Their continued growth has been fun to watch.