After a mostly boring first day of the NCAA Tournament, the opening game delivered excitement in spades.
But a late rally by Oklahoma State fell just short, as Michigan knocked off the Cowboys, 92-91.
If you like offense, long-range shooting and a good, ol’ fashioned point guard battle, you would have loved this back and forth game where neither squad was able to open up a meaningful lead until near the very end of the game. Jawun Evans had a slow start to the game, but rallied to post an impressive 23 points, 12 dimes and seven boards. Five different Cowboys hit double figures.
But Michigan was absolutely on fire from downtown in the second half, preventing the Cowboys from riding an efficient offensive performance. The Wolverines hit an astonishing 16 three pointers on 22 attempts, including six from Derrick Walton Jr, who dropped 26 points. Zak Irvin added another four, as well as 16 total points.
We’ll have more breakdowns later today. It was a disappointing finish for the Cowboys, but with Brad Underwood at the helm, it looks like Cowboy basketball is headed back in the right direction.