With a fantastic home court debut from Curtis Jones, the Cowboys were able to get a their first win in 4 games in a 82-73 victory against the Central Arkansas Bears.
After a game against Nebraska where he scored just two points, Jones came back with vengeance in Gallagher-Iba ending the first half with 14 points and shot 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile the rest of the team was shooting 4-for-14 from the three-point line.
The Cowboys as a team had a fantastic day at the charity stripe going 11-12 in the first half. They would get their rhythm shooting as well going on a 20-7 run to end the half and take a 43-33 lead into the locker room. Points off the bench really helped the Cowboys with 18 points to Central Arkansas’ 10.
Defensively the Cowboys let their foot off the gas at times and gave Central Arkansas some comebacks but in that run at the end they played solid defense to maintain their lead going into halftime.
Yor Anei shined in the second half with some dunks.
.@yor_anei cleans it up! #c2e #okstate pic.twitter.com/nmF8YEv44k— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 21, 2018
Two hands for safety @yor_anei #c2e #okstate pic.twitter.com/56mgoKfjag— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 21, 2018
Cam McGriff also looks to have gotten his groove back ending the game with 17 points, his most since the LSU game. C. Jones would continue to have a day ending the game with 23 (!!!) points, a career high. Lindy Waters got his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
And in case I didn’t say it enough... Curtis Jones was a difference maker in this game....
Curtis Jones has 21 points. That is also his plus/minus.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) December 21, 2018
Central Arkansas has outscored #okstate by 10 with him on the bench.
The Bears would try to get back in it in the second half bring it to 67-64 Cowboy after a 14-6 run but just couldn’t hang on.
Hayden Koval was the Bears’ leading scorer with 21 and was 8-for-10 on field goals making one of the two three-pointers he shot.
This was exactly what needed to happen for the Cowboys before they head into a break, get ready for Texas A&M Corpus Christi and then head into conference play.