Instacap: K-State Hands OSU Third Conference Loss 86-82

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Written by Kyle Cox

The Cowboys took a tough loss on the road to a short-handed Kansas State team. OSU struggled to score for stretches of the game and could not cool down junior guard Barry Brown on his career night.

The Pokes were also short-handed, now without Tavarius Shine who injured both wrists against Iowa State. He’s been one OSU’s best and most consistent players on both sides of the ball this season and Mike Boynton missed him on Wednesday night in Manhattan.

The Cowboys continue to go through these scoring droughts and the key to slowing them down seems to be just slowing them down. When Oklahoma State forces turnovers and gets into transition, they can make up ground quickly. But force them into halfcourt sets and it feels like they’re chance of scoring drops to about 15 percent.

The Cowboys settled for a ton of 3s early, going 3 for 9 in the first half. After starting the second 0 for 4 from beyond the arc, OSU didn’t attempt a 3-pointer from the 12:16 mark to the 1:36 mark.

OSU fell behind has much as 9 midway through the opening period, but the Cowboys used a 10-1 run fueled, again, by transition buckets and a 9-1 offensive rebound advantage in the first. In the second half, Kansas State grabbed five offensive boards to OSU’s four.

Four Cowboys scored in the double digits with Brandon Averette leading the Pokes with 22 points on 11 shots off of the bench. The sophomore point guard also got his teammates involved with six assists.

Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting (1 of 4 from 3) and Kendall Smith and Lindy Waters chipped in 14 and 11 points apiece.

Barry Brown stepped up big in the absence of his starting backcourt mate Kamau Stokes who is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Brown scored a career-high 38 points on 12-of-17 shooting (3 of 4 from 3) and grabbed six steals.

In Stokes’ stead, redshirt freshman Cartier Diarra scored 17 points (also a career high) on 12 shots and dished four assists, grabbing four rebounds.

The Wildcats built a 9-point late-second half lead and the Pokes’ were reserved to playing the free throw game to stop the clock. K-State finished the final minutes going 7 of 8 from the charity stripe to hold on for the win.

Oklahoma State moves to 11-5 and 1-3 in Big 12 play and will face Texas in Stillwater on Saturday at 4 p.m.

  • David

    I really hope we don’t lose Mitch because of that ankle injury. Tough loss.

  • AustinCowboy

    Still very little dribble penetration, it’s that simple.

    • Except Averette…who dribbles and dribbles and dribbles….

      • AustinCowboy

        It’s not necessarily about dribbling, its about driving the ball and dishing to the open man. Smith and Averette are the only 2 people on the team that can somewhat do that and they aren’t great passers when they get inside. If you look at last year’s team, Evans got to the hole at will and was able to either score or distribute which forces the defense to crash (creating ball movement and open shots).

  • Erick

    It might just be me but it seems like every big 12 team that we’ve played so far has had a player that goes on to have a career night. They played hard, just couldn’t keep up in the end.

  • CursiveCowboys4thewin

    Really thought the Cowboys were going to go to the little apple and steal one from the ‘Cats. Missing Shine was the difference in this game. Hope he’s not out too long because he really has been their most consistent player on both sides of the ball. Man does our halfcourt offense need some work though. You can expect to see a lot of teams start to sit back in the paint and let OSU take threes and long twos because there is no flow offensively once we get in a halfcourt set. And unfortunately we aren’t good at threes or long twos. Might be a different story if we were good at those.

  • Cowboydroid

    Uninspiring. The inability to present a half-court offense is evidence of the inability to scheme an offense, which is a poor sign of things to come.

  • chase

    ‪We gotta change our offense! Big man making handoffs at the three point line all game doesn’t work. If it’s not fast break or Hail Mary threes we can’t score ‬

  • Okstate2011

    Oklahoma State Athletics, where someone always has a career night against them…. I feel like there is a mentality in the entire OSU sports program that you have to prepare for the best player on the other team and forget about everyone else.

    • Okstate2011

      and yes I know Brown is their best scorer.

  • kspokesfan

    It took four years but Mitch has turned into a really good player. I still remember when I used to cringe when he went to the free throw line. Now it’s almost automatic. As long as he doesn’t put the ball on the ground in the paint he does really well. I’m really proud of all the effort he has put in to become the player he is today.

  • Pistol Pete’s Bandana

    Everyone is complaining about our offense but if we change a few minor things it works, if the big man at high post would connect on those back screens it would either open up the cutter right at the rim or the posts defender has to help and it leaves Mitchell open for a high post shot or at the very least a lane for him to catch the ball which then when our guys rotate over and he hands it off they double it every time, he either needs to fake the hand off and drive and it should be wide open or he needs to roll on that handoff so they can’t double… if we did those things at all we would get another 10 points a game easily