The worst part about the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team dismissing three players from the program is that opponents know they’re thin on depth with only nine players.
Iowa State capitalized on that Saturday night as they attacked Cam McGriff and Lindy Waters all night, and Marial Shayok scored 20 points in the Cyclones’ 72-59 win at Hilton Coliseum to sweep the season series.
Both had to sit for stretches after picking up their third fouls early in the second half. Waters fouled out, while McGriff and Thomas Dziagwa finished with three fouls each. McGriff scored 17 points and Waters had 14 to lead the Cowboys (8-10, 2-4 in Big 12).
OSU kept the game close for much of the first half before ISU used a 13-2 run to pull away and take a 40-29 halftime lead. The Cowboys pulled within five points multiple times in the second half, but could’t find a rhythm shooting the ball.
The Pokes shot a dismal 41.8 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. OSU lead the Big 12 in 3-point percentage heading into the game, but its 7-of-27 performance from distance played a role in the loss.
The shortened bench for OSU chipped in only seven points, including 1-for-8 from Curtis Jones. If OSU wants to be competitive in conference play, it is going to need Jones to play better. Jones was joined by Duncan Demuth and Luke Major as the only other players to get in the game off the bench.
It’s tough to go get a road win in an environment like Hilton Coliseum, especially to a ISU team coming of an upset win over No. 8 Texas Tech in Lubbock. Add in the youth of OSU’s squad and figuring out how to play with only seven scholarship players for the first time and this was a loss that was easy to see coming.
OSU will return home in hopes of avoiding a Bedlam season sweep against Oklahoma on Wednesday night.