Lindy Waters carried Oklahoma State down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough in the Cowboys overtime loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma State 84-80 after a valiant effort from a scrappy OSU team. Waters led the Cowboys in scoring with 26 points on 9-19 shooting and 7-11 from three.
Cam McGriff missed a three point attempt with :21 seconds left and Texas Tech up 80-78. It was an ill-advised shot from McGriff, who finished with 8 points on 2-11 shooting.
Walk-on Dee Mitchell would get fouled on his three point attempt on the next possession, but would only sink two of his three free throws, sealing the Cowboys fate. Mitchell finished with 4 points in the game.
Thomas Dziagwa had another good game with 20 points on 6-9 from three, keeping the Cowboys within striking distance for much of regulation.
Foul trouble hurt Oklahoma State’s chances late in the game as they without Yor Anei, who fouled out with 8 minutes left in regulation. Both Waters and Dziagwa had to scale back their aggressiveness with four fouls for much of the final 10 minutes of regulation, and Curtis Jones, who finished with 11 points, picked up a fourth foul late in the game as well.
Although they couldn’t pick up a win in Lubbock, Mike Boynton has to be thrilled with the heart of his team.
Oklahoma State dropped to 3-12 in conference play, while Texas Tech (23-5, 11-4) gears up for the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma State will get Kansas in GIA on Saturday for their final home game of the season.
After a monster game, enjoy this thread of the best Lindy Waters tweets after his great performance late in the game.
Lindy Waters THIRD OF HIS NAME!!!— Matt Harris (@Matt_Harris13) February 28, 2019
THIRD OF HIS NAME!
Lindy Waters is balling outta control— Conner Lock (@conlock13) February 28, 2019
Lindy Waters did all he could to keep #OKState in it. A 3 made it a 2-point game with 20 seconds left. And then he hit ANOTHER one to cut it to 1 w/ 8.5. And then after the controversy he did THIS. OT. #OKsTvsTTU @Heartland_CS pic.twitter.com/CAVou2dvDh— Matthew Postins (@PostinsPostcard) February 28, 2019
Lindy Waters went full Tracy McGrady. Never seen anything like that at the collegiate level. Big hat tip to that cat.— Will McKay (@Will_R_McKay) February 28, 2019
With four 3-pointers in the final minute, Lindy Waters sends the game to overtime.#OKState 71, Texas Tech 71— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) February 28, 2019
LINDY MOTHERFUCKIN WATERS— #2 Barstool OK State (@BarstoolOKST) February 28, 2019
Lindy Waters just went on one.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) February 28, 2019
Hats off Lindy Waters III, can you just transfer to Texas Tech?#OKLASTTTU— Swiss (@r_abb_y) February 28, 2019
YOU STAY AWAY FROM MY FAVORITE ADULT SON YOU BAD TEXAS TECH MAN!
Oklahoma is now legally obligated to erect a statue of Lindy Waters sorry I do not make the rules— Isaiah Lucio Lopez (@WreckEmLucio) February 28, 2019
Can we call Lindy Waters the Native Mamba?— Chaz Cook (@ChazCook) February 28, 2019
Literally NOONE ELSE SHOULD BE SHOOTING THE BALL EXCEPT— Lauren Rew (@Lauren_Rew) February 28, 2019
LINDY MF WATERS.