Oklahoma State rounded out its non-conference schedule with a 69-59 win over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi Islanders on Saturday. The win was the second straight for the Pokes as they head in to their first conference game against Iowa State in GIA on Wednesday night.
The Cowboys were lead by a strong performance from Cam McGriff, who finished with his third career double-double on 15 points and 11 boards. The game was close early, but OSU managed to build a seven-point halftime lead.
The Pokes had a decent day shooting the ball at 46.9 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three. The free throw shooting continued to struggle, going 15-of-23 from the stripe. The defense had a nice day holding the Islanders to a .339/.360/.667 shooting performance.
Dizzy had a nice shooting the ball ⬇️
.@TDziagwa knocks in back-to-back threes!— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 29, 2018
That's at least three 3-pointers in the last five games. #c2e #okstate pic.twitter.com/PYDpoSe1G9
Oklahoma State started to pull away more in the second half. After amassing a seven-point halftime lead, the game seemed to consistently be between 10-17 points for much of the second half.
Freshman point guard Isaac Likekele came up with a nice steal and finish at the rim after getting hit in the face midway through the second half. He immediately hit the deck after finishing the layup holding his face. He went back to the locker room to get his right eyebrow bandaged up and will likely get stitches for a right eyebrow laceration later today. Likekele did return to the game after the injury.
Quick steal and lay in courtsey of @_Issaaac #c2e #okstate pic.twitter.com/glbClZTrkP— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 29, 2018
Kareem South lead the Islanders with 18 points on 6-of-16 from the field but 4-of-5 from three. South also had six boards and five assists. Elijah Schmidt was the only other Islander in double digits with 14.
Corpus-Christi was able to cut the lead to 48-43 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, but it never got closer than that as OSU utilized a couple of Thomas Dziagwa threes and a Yor Anei dunk to go on an 8-0 run.
Oklahoma State closes out 2018 with a win and will look to open 2019 with a win in GIA against Iowa State next week. The Pokes finish non-conference with an even 6-6 record and are 4-1 in GIA.
Capping off 2018 with a dub! #c2e #okstate pic.twitter.com/ddzriHYvMb— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 29, 2018