There won’t be any couches burning in Morgantown tonight. The Cowboys have won their fifth straight after defeating West Virginia 82-75 on Saturday.
The Cowboys managed to challenge “Press Virginia” the whole game. After a 7-0 run to start the game for the Cowboys, West Virginia managed to take the lead by one after an 8-0 run of their own. After West Virginia’s run, the teams went shot for shot ending the half 44-40 with the Mountaineers in the lead.
It seemed to be all West Virginia after half time, as the Cowboys appeared like the West Virginia press was getting to them. However the Cowboys were managing to keep it close. There were just a lot of shots that could have gone in but didn’t.
With about a minute left, the Cowboys sealed the deal with a foul by Tarik Phillip. Phil Forte went to charity stripe and drained both to end the game 82-75. The Cowboys went into Morgantown and out-played the No. 7 team in the nation.
Let’s take a look at the hustle stats:
It went down tonight at WVU Coliseum, so here's a look at the numbers #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/BhWEY5YJly— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 5, 2017
The Cowboys didn’t let the press get to them like they did in their home loss, and it made a huge difference. They pushed back and again the defensive change made a difference. They also managed to keep West Virginia Coliseum quiet. They learned from their first loss.
Jawun Evans scored 18 points for his 26th career double-digit performance. The sophomore went 6-7 from the field. Evans was an impressive 6-7 from the free throw line.
While the 3-point king went 1-4 from the 3-point line tonight, Forte had 13 points and went 2-6 from the field. Forte was a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe.
Jeffery Carroll had an impressive first half with 15 points. In the second half, Carroll only had 5 points but still managed to have a solid night going 7-11 from the field and 3-4 from the 3-point line.
Davon Dillard continued to look impressive going 3-3 from the field and sinking his only attempt from beyond the arc. Dillard ended the game with 8 points.
He also managed another #SCtop10 dunk....
. @DDillard24 dunks on West Virginia (all angles). #okstate pic.twitter.com/MiuannMAPn— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 4, 2017
Lindy Waters continued his momentum from the Oklahoma game going a perfect 2-2 from the 3-point line.
West Virgina’s Lemont West ended the game with 21 points, surpassing his career-high 15. The Cowboys managed to hold one the Mountaineers' best players, Nathan Adrian, to 9 points. Tarik Phillip had a double-digit game with 15 points.
Probably the funniest moment of the game was when West Virginia coach Bob Huggins took a tumble, and received a technical...
Bob Huggins was so disgusted with the call, he staged a sit-in. pic.twitter.com/H8twPLBIUk— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) February 4, 2017
Final box scores and stats:
Here are tonight's top plays.
Another road game. Another Cowboy win. Help us pick the top plays from the win at No. 7 West Virginia. #okstate pic.twitter.com/meSMnD1JpG— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 5, 2017
The Cowboys will face Baylor at home on Wednesday for a chance at a sixth straight win. With Baylor coming off a loss to Kansas State, they have a chance to win.