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RECAP: More growing pains show in Cowboy Basketball 53-63 loss to Houston

The Cowboys fall below .500 on the season.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Houston Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Untimely turnovers haunted the Cowboys in this game. They just couldn’t hold onto the basketball well enough when they would go on a run. Combine that with shooting just 31.8 percent from the field and you get a 65-53 loss for the Cowboys.

They would end the game with 12 turnovers and it seems like Houston was able to capitalize on all of them at all the wrong times. Houston was also +11 on the glass and turned that into 13 second-chance points.

Cam McGriff, Michael Weathers and Lindy Waters all had 7 points or below. They would combine for 6-26 on the night. When those three aren’t making shots, it’s hard to win ball games. Thomas Dziagwa was the only Cowboy other than Issac Likekele with double-digit points with 13. McGriff had a dunk bounce off the rim if that tells you about the day he had.

Issac Likekele however had a heck of a night with 16 points, 6-9 field goals and making the only trey he shot. He also went a perfect 3-3 from the charity stripe. He was also helping out teammates with 4 assists and 4 defensive boards. He was definitely the player of the game for Oklahoma State and gets my game ball.

As a team they did better from the charity stripe hitting 6 of 10.

Defensively for the Cowboys, Yor Anei continued his blocking spree with 2 in this game.

Houston shot 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. They had a lot of wide open shots that they got to go in. They also had a 41 percent overall field goal percentage. Armoni Brooks scored 23 points for the Cougars after going 7-13 from beyond the arc. Breaon Brady and Corey Davis Jr. were the other two Cougars with double-digit points with 10 and 14 points respectfully. The Cougars would end the game with 44 total boards to the Cowboys’ 33.

Houston was really good on the defensive end of the floor with 5 blocks. They forced the Cowboys to become impatient later in each half and abandon their sets.

Next up for the Cowboys they’ll head to South Dakota to take on Nebraska on Dec. 16th.