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RECAP: Oklahoma State Wins Round 2 in Manhattan, Drops KState 80-68

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Coach Underwood gets a win against his alma mater.

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

It might not have started pretty, but a win is a win right? The Cowboys fought back to win 80-68 on the road at Kansas State.

During the first half, Oklahoma State struggled to score, all while Kansas State managed to get ahead by 14 points. But with about under seven minutes left in the half, the Cowboys went on a 21-9 run to end the half down just a point at 39-38. The tide had clearly turned.

The second half was a completely different game. Oklahoma State started playing good defense and made some shots.

Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte didn’t exactly have the games of their careers tonight in “The Little Apple,” but the bench put in some work and the Cowboys were able to come out of Manhattan with a win. Something that, under one previous coach, probably would not have happened.

Carroll and Forte had a combined ten points tonight. That being said this game could have easily went in a different direction.

The Cowboys got solid production from role players, getting 28 points off the bench. Brandon Averette led the effort with 13 points while going a perfect 6-6 from the field. Kansas State only received 13 points off the bench.

Leyton Hammonds also had himself a night, earning his second double-double of the season with 18 points on 7-14 shooting and 10 rebounds.

While the Wildcats managed to hold Evans to five points in the 1st half, the sophomore came alive after the half, ending the night with 21 points. Evans went 4-16 from the field, 2-5 from the 3-point line and 11-12 from the charity stripe.

Kansas State did have a few players in double-digits, however. Wesley Iwundu had 21 points, and Dean Wade had 11.

This teams’ fight is impressive. They continue to find a way to win and they refuse to give up and come March, that’s going to be important.

Now for stats:

Oklahoma State stats
Kansas State stats
Team stats

Here are tonight’s top plays.

With the win, the Cowboys move to 19-8 on the season, and finally get a game above .500 in Big 12 conference. Incredible.

Up next, the Cowboys look to complete their second season sweep when they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Remaining tickets are limited for the game, and will be your last opportunity to see the Cowboys live at GIA (unless you have tickets for the Kansas game, of course). If you are looking to see the Cowboys in the Rowdiest Arena in America, you better act fast.