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March Madness: Oklahoma State advances with 69-60 win over Liberty

Round of 32...Here comes Oklahoma State.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Liberty At Oklahoma State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Party like it’s 2009. Oklahoma State did something Friday night for the first time since that year. The Cowboys won an NCAA Tournament game. They will advance to the round of 32 after a nice 69-60 win over Liberty.

Liberty was able to keep Cade Cunningham in check to start the game, keeping him scoreless in the first half. In the second half, Cunningham turned on the jets ending the game with 15 points. In the meantime, it was Avery Anderson’s time to shine. With 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first half, Anderson was much of the reason the Cowboys went into the locker room only down by three after some poor play including 7 turnovers in the first half.

Liberty’s Blake Preston was giving the Cowboys fits as he was able to lead the flames in points with nine going into halftime. Overall though, there were times where you could tell that they were not used to a team with as much speed as the Cowboys have. OSU just couldn’t seem to take advantage of it though. Offensively they struggled. But they made it for it on the defensive end. They forced 18 turnovers Liberty’s average up to this point was 10 a game.

The offensive leader for the flames would end up being Elijah Cuffee with 16 points going 4 for 6 from beyond the arc with 4 assists.

Remember second half Cade I mentioned earlier, yeah so not only would he end the game with 15, he would rack up 5 rebounds and an assist. And hit the three that sealed the game.

Avery Anderson continued being good at basketball. Ending the game with 21 (!!!) points. Not bad for your first NCAA Tournament game huh? He also had 7 rebounds.

Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe almost had himself a double-double tonight with 10 points and 9 rebounds. As a team, the Cowboys shot 40 % from the field. They had a struggle from the beyond the arc shooting just 20%.

Next up the Cowboys will take on Oregon State in the battle of the OSUs. The game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. Oregon State pulled off the upset of Tennessee on Friday beating the Vols 70-56.