For the first time in almost two months, Oklahoma State won a road game with a 67-64 win Wednesday night at Baylor in Waco, Texas. The win was exactly what the doctor (Charles Alderton) ordered for the Cowboys, who snapped a three-game skid.
Let’s talk about the three biggest takeaways:
1. OSU finally beat Baylor
It’s been a while since the Cowboys beat the Bears. Baylor entered the game with seven straight wins over OSU, who last won against the Bears on Feb. 9, 2015. It’s awesome when you’re able to snag a road win in a tough conference like the Big 12. It’s even better when it’s against a team that you’ve had such a hard time against.
2. Excited about the future
The top players of this game were freshmen. Let that sink in for a second. Isaac Likekele had 23 (!!!) points, nine rebounds and six assists. The man had himself a game in the town Dr Pepper was founded in, and that’s not even the best part. The Cowboys likely have three more years with him. All he needs to develop is a halfway decent jump shot. Add in the help he’s going to have with players head coach Mike Boynton is bringing in. Then you go to Yor Anei, who was an absolute monster on defense breaking the freshman single-season block record with six blocks against Baylor to expand his season total to 70.
I’m looking forward to seeing these guys develop and improve. They really showed what they’re capable of, and exciting things appear to be on the horizon for OSU. Get ready.
3. This team hasn’t given up
Despite what has been thrown their way this season, the Cobwoys have played like they have still have spark lately. They’re playing tight against teams where they have no business doing that against like ranked opponents Kansas and Texas Tech. It was only a matter of time before OSU was able to give it a little more and come out of one these close games with a win and it finally happened at Baylor. And they deserve it.
The Cowboys’ effort displays the fight and grit this team has. Boynton has stuck with his team and kept them motivated through hardship and I can’t wait to see what he’s able to do with a fully loaded team.
The Cowboys play their regular-season finale Saturday against West Virginia in a matchup of the two teams tied for last place in the Big 12.