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Oklahoma State routs Ole Miss 78-37 to win NIT Season Tip-Off

The Cowboys improve to 7-0 this season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 29 NIT Season Tip-Off - Oklahoma State v Mississippi Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Cameron McGriff scored a game-high 15 points to help lead Oklahoma State to a 78-37 blowout win against Ole Miss to win the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

McGriff was one of four Cowboy starters to hit double figures. Yor Anei, who was named the tournament’s MVP, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds (seven on defense) and four blocks for the Cowboys (7-0). Lindy Watters III also had 14 points and Thomas Dziagwa had 11.

Isaac Likekele fell one point short of double figures with nine, but he had team high four assists and game-high three steals. Likekele joined Anei on the all-tournament team.

Antavion Collum and Breein Tyree each seven points to lead Ole Miss (5-2), which committed 20 turnovers thanks in part to OSU’s relentless defensive effort.

The Cowboys busted the game wide open with an 18-1 run in the final 8 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 34-15 halftime lead. Dziagwa knocked down two of his three 3-pointers on the night during the run, including one as the buzzer expired right in front of Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis.

OSU kept Ole Miss off the scoreboard for nearly 8 minutes in the second half as the Rebels couldn’t land a shot, going 25.9 percent from the field in the game.

What’s next

The Cowboys host Georgetown (4-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.