It was another slow start for Oklahoma State as they fought Charleston early in the first half. The Cougars began to pull away later in the half, before a flurry pulled the Cowboys ahead just before halftime.
Oklahoma State trailed Charleston 26-18 before a 12-1 run gave the Cowboys a 30-27 advantage heading to the break. Thomas Dziagwa caught fire out of halftime. After scoring just three points in the first half, Dizzy quickly scored 11 points to fuel a 14-2 Cowboy run, giving Oklahoma State a 44-29 lead.
Charleston cut into the Pokes lead due in large part to Jarrell Brantley, who would score a game high 24 points, and would only trail 59-50 with over six minutes remaining in the game.
Cam McGriff and Michael Weathers led the Cowboys down the stretch and each scored a team high 16 points. Oklahoma State would outscore Charleston 11-8 over the last six minutes to secure the victory.
Along with McGriff, Weathers and Dziagwa, Issac Likekele and Lindy Waters scored double digit points with 10 apiece to give the Cowboys five players in double digits. Waters struggled from beyond the three point line, shooting just 2-8. Dziagwa shot 4-6 from beyond the arc and added a sweet reverse layup on the baseline for his fifth made field goal of the day.
Next up for the Cowboys is a trip to Orlando, Florida, for the Advocare Invitational where they will face Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers in the first round. If Oklahoma State wins that game, they would likely face the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats in the second round.