Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Keeps Momentum Rolling With Road Win Over TCU

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Written by Sam Aldrich

Oklahoma State (17-9, 6-7 in the Big 12) and TCU (17-9, 6-7 in the Big 12) battled back and forth all the way to the end in Fort Worth Wednesday night, but it was the Cowboys who pulled out an important road win, 71-68. In a game with both teams looking for a valuable Feb. conference win to boost their tournament resumes, Brad Underwood’s squad kept its momentum rolling once again by winning its seventh game over the last eight. Jawun closed with 10 of the last 14 points for the Pokes, earning his coffee in crunch time. Leyton Hammonds was the leading scorer with 21 points and 7 rebounds.

In the first half, it was Hammonds who kept the Cowboys afloat with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The senior, playing in front of his hometown crowd, went 4-for-6 from the 3-point line in the first half while shooting with confidence, crashing the boards, and dominating the TCU defense. Jawun Evans was devastating with 6 points and 7 assists before the break, setting up Hammonds and others. Jeff Carroll also contributed 9 points in the first half, but shot just 3-of-9 from the field.

From the Horned Frogs’ side, Alex Robinson and JD Miller had 7 points a piece to keep the game close. But the Cowboys hit 6-of-14 from 3 as a team in the first half, out-rebounded the Frogs 16-13, and lead 34-29 at the break.

In the second half, the Cowboys held off the Horned Frogs until a 13-3 run gave TCU a 60-57 lead with under 10 minutes to go. Down the stretch, it was TCU trying to hold off the Cowboys, who struggled to get anything going outside of star point guard Jawun Evans. However, the Cowboys buckled down late on defense and went to their money maker at point guard to hit a big step back jumper with under 20 seconds to close it out.

Oklahoma State, now up to 5th place in the Big 12, looks ahead to Bedlam on Saturday against the last place Sooners and another great opportunity as the NCAA Tournament looks very likely as we head down the home stretch.

 

  • David Einstein

    Spiraling into a March run. A-yo!

  • Nick Reyes

    Really enjoy watching coach underwood and the team. They look like a different team we saw at the beginning of the season. If Hammonds can keep it going, its really going to open things up for the others.

  • Saucy Takes

    Give me all the fire underwoods & hire theiving Gottlieb

    • Plank Meet Speck

      I’ll take hypocritical Saucy Takes for the pitiful Gottlieb reference, please. He who throws the first stone…

      • Saucy Takes

        ^^^ ☕️?

    • Jake

      Was anyone really calling for Underwood’s job? I mean, even after the rocky 0-6 start, you give the guy at least a couple years.

    • Pokelahoma

      Find ANYONE who said fire Underwood? That OrangeFactor Doooosh doesnt count…anyone else

  • JB

    Great win and effort! Glad to see Hammonds go off after a solid performance against UT. Nice block by Mitch with less than a minute left to keep TCU from taking the lead. It was tortuous however to listen to Tim Welsh of ESPN…he sounded like an apologist for TCU, constantly critiquing fouls against TCU and no-calls against OSU.

  • Pokes

    In February, I’ll always take a big 12 road W. Only thing holding this team back from what I can see is a post who can do any type of scoring. Need Waters back for depth

    • spokepokes

      Need Waters back for sure. His depth is a great addition.

  • spokepokes

    Random thought here but I’m getting really excited for the Big12 tourney……

    Pretty sure I’m getting tickets this year.