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Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Suffers 75-58 Blowout Loss to Texas Tech on Senior Night

The Cowboys dug themselves too deep a hole early.



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After an uninspired (and uninspiring) start, the Cowboys just had too big a hole to dig out of.

Oklahoma State fell to Texas Tech 75-58 in its final home game of the season Tuesday night. The Pokes came out flat on both sides of the court and ended up getting buried.

The first half of the Cowboys’ last home game can be best described as “oof.”

The Cowboys missed their first 10 shots from the floor, quickly falling behind 12-1. Incidentally, their first made field goal came on Javon Small’s first attempt. It felt like OSU needed some more assertiveness from its best player, especially early. Small was held to just four points in the first half.

There were a few bright spots (maybe just two) in the first half. One was John-Michael Wright’s would-be four-point play, the Cowboys’ only made 3-pointer, and Connor Dow’s coast-to-coast highlight.

OSU pulled within 14-7 but couldn’t keep a lid on Texas Tech and fell behind as much as 23 points before going to the break down 38-17. It was the Cowboys’ lowest-scoring first half all season — on Senior Night.

After shooting just 21% from the field in the first — and going just 1-for-14 from deep — the Cowboys did come up with a little more firepower in the second. They went 5-for-7 over the first five minutes of the second half and started to show a bit of confidence.

The Cowboys mounted a 12-2 run midway through the second half to pull within 14 before the lead ballooned back to 19. OSU pulled back within 16 with nine minutes to go, but fouled Pop Isaacs on a 3-point attempt and he made all three free ones. Isaacs finished with a game-high 19. That run would be the Cowboys’ final sign of life. Tech pushed its lead back to 21 and was up as much as 25 down the stretch.

Erica Dailey Jr. led the Cowboys with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 from 3) and John-Michael Wright chipped in 11, going 3-of-9 from deep and reaching the career mark of 300 made 3-pointers. Javon Small was held to just eight points on 4-of-9 shooting.

Overall, OSU showed some life in the second half, shooting 53.8% from the floor and 35.7 from deep, but it was too little too late. The Cowboys coughed up 21 points on 17 turnovers and, ultimately, couldn’t put stops together consistently. When you’re down 21 with 20 minutes to go, there’s not much room for error.

Next Up

With the loss, OSU moved to 12-18 and 4-12 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys will finish their regular season in Provo. They’ll face BYU on the road at 8 p.m. Saturday. Then they’ll head to Kansas City next week for the Big 12 Championship.

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