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Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Falls to Kansas State 70-66

The Cowboys came close, but move to 0-5 in Big 12 play.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

The Cowboys had essentially gotten blown out their last three outings, but they at least showed up in Manhattan.

Oklahoma State fell to Kansas State 70-66 on the road, just missing out on its first conference victory of the season. The Cowboys (7-9, 0-5) were up double digits midway through the second half but couldn’t seal the deal.

Both teams got off to a sloppy start with five turnovers each in the first five minutes (and one second) of play. The Cowboys looked the aggressor for most of the night, but the Wildcats clawed their way back and then went for the kill.

Eric Dailey Jr. led the way for the Cowboys, tying a season-high with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists.

Javon Small and John-Michael Wright added 11 points each.

The Cowboys took a 30-23 lead with just over two minutes to go in the first half and held a 35-31 lead at halftime.

Kansas State’s Arthur Kaluma led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Cam Carter pitched in 15 for the Wildcats and Will McNair Jr. added 11. David N’Guessan, brother of former Cowboy Lucas N’Guessan, scored five points and grabbed four rebounds before getting into early foul trouble.

The Pokes were streaky good from deep, making six 3s in the first half but finishing just 9-of-27 to K-State’s 8-of-22. But they got beat inside, getting outscored 32-18 in the paint.

The Cowboys held the lead for 23:52 of gametime and made a late push to try to win their first conference game, but the ‘Cats and their crowd got the best of them.

Javon Small took a dish-off from John-Michael Wright and willed it in to give the Cowboys the lead with 53 seconds on the clock. But an alley-oop layup off the inbounds pass by Carter put the home team up two with 24 seconds remaining. The Wildcats made four of their last five field-goal attempts, while the Cowboys went one for their last seven.

Next up, the Cowboys head back to Stillwater to host TCU at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

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