Oklahoma State’s three junior captains have carried the team so far this season, but it was freshman Issac Likekele and Yor Anei who would lead Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State lost to TCU 70-68 after J.D. Miller went coast to coast and converted a floater fading away from the basket to win the game.
After a disappointing showing against Kansas State last weekend, Oklahoma State responded well against a good TCU team. The Cowboys trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but used a 16-3 run to take a 53-50 lead.
Mike Boynton opted not to use his final timeout to draw up a play with the shot clock turned off and OSU (9-13, 2-7 Big 12) down by three. Thomas Dziagwa knocked down a three with a hand in his face to tie the game at 68. Dziagwa converted four of his seven attempts from three point range, while the rest of his teammates shot a combined 1-9 from beyond the arc.
Anei led the Cowboys with a career high 20 points, and Likekele had 17 and seven assists to go with four steals. Dziagwa had 14 points and Cam McGriff had 8 before he fouled out.
Desmond Bane led TCU with 26 points on 6-9 from three point range. Miller had 11 points including his game winner. Alex Robinson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists, and became TCU’s all time leader in assists. R.J. Nembhard had two points off the bench.
After the performance against Kansas State, this is exactly the response Mike Boynton needed from his group. Oklahoma State will get another shot at TCU (16-6, 4-5) in 12 days when the two teams meet at Gallagher-Iba Arena. But before they get another shot at TCU, they'll have to face Kansas at Allen Field House on Saturday.