Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but after a slow, sloppy start...
The first 9 minutes averaged a turnover per minute, but fortunately, most of those were for the Wildcats. Unfortunately, it felt like a sloppy game regardless and it bled into a slow shooting start as well, to go with an early rebounding edge for Kansas State. Rondel Walker scored the first 5 points and seemingly created every turnover, while fans wait with bated breath for Cade Cunningham to start hot.
An early rebounding advantage kept Kansas State in the game, but threes from Bryce Williams and Ferron Flavors stretched the lead to eight at 22-14 before Bruce Weber called a timeout to force the under-eight break.
Cade still hadn’t had a single point, but then he did this:
The Cowboys would continue to grind away, with some good play from Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe and a strong and-one from... BERNARD KOUMA leading to a 35-19 lead at the half.
The second half started hot as the Cowboys pushed their lead to as much as twenty before Kansas State heated up with a maddening sixteen-point run. This trimmed the lead to four before Cade finally stopped the bleeding with a three.
Cade would end the game with 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Bryce Williams and Avery Anderson would follow in the top scorers’ category with 10 and eight points respectively. As a team Oklahoma state would shoot 40.7% from the field compared to Kansas State’s 39.3%. Turnovers were a big problem in this game as both teams committed them aplenty. Oklahoma State would end with 17 and Kansas State would end with 17.
The Cowboys would then push the lead out with some good defense and transition before going back and forth a bit to set up a ten-point lead heading into the final ten minutes.
The lead would grow to thirteen at 62-49 when the broadcasters started giving Coach Mike Boynton the person some much-deserved love for his character. Largely, this was a sign of how the game was trending, and only a late three trimmed the lead to seven before the Cowboys took home the 67-60 win. Too close for a struggling Kansas State team, but a win nonetheless.
Next up the Cowboys will welcome Iowa State to GIA on Tuesday at 3 p.m.