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Basketball Game Notes: Oklahoma State vs. Oral Roberts

Block party, 50 fouls, Yor Anei on a roll and more!

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Oklahoma State Cowboys opened the season by sweating-out a 80-75 victory over Oral Roberts on Wednesday night. I jotted down some thoughts and notes during and after the game.

  • At the 7:58 mark, Keylan Boone hit a 3-pointer to put the Cowboys up 63-51. From there until 1:29, Isaac Likekele was the only Cowboy to put the ball in the hoop (four made baskets, one made free throw).
  • Cowboys had as high as a 16-point lead in the second half, but struggled offensively. It reminded me of the 2018 season opener at Charlotte where OSU blew a 24-point second half lead. Luckily, this one didn’t end with in a loss.
  • This game had 50 fouls. 50! The Big 12 refs are obviously working on getting into game shape too.
  • The two teams combined for 38 turnovers, too, with 21 from OSU. Not exactly a pretty game. That can be chalked up to this game being the season opener and five true freshmen playing significant minutes. That said, Lindy Waters had an uncharacteristic six turnovers in the game.
  • OSU ended the game with 12 blocked shots, the most since 2002.
  • Yor Anei had eight blocks which tied his career and season high from last year against West Virginia.
  • Anei was two blocks away from a triple-double: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks
  • Going back into last season, Anei is averaging 15 points, 8.75 rebounds, and 7.25 blocks a game during his last four games. Folks, those are some big numbers.
  • Cam McGriff had 10 points, which all came from the free-throw line, as he went 0-for-6 from the field. It looked like McGriff settled into his old jump-shooter habits instead of going to the rim. Hopefully that gets corrected.
  • Speaking of shooting, the newcomers went a combined 5-for-23. Kalib Boone, Hidde Roessink, Jonathan Laurent and Chris Harris were a combined 0-11.

While it wasn’t pretty, I loved coach Mike Boynton playing a full 10-man rotation. The schedule sets up perfectly for OSU and the coaching staff to figure some things out and get the young guys as much experience as possible before the opponents start getting legit. The Kenpom ranking of OSU’s next four opponents — before facing Syracuse in Brooklyn — are 233, 147, 142, and 251.

Up next

The Cowboys host Kansas City at 2 p.m. Saturday.