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Recap: Oklahoma State Handles Southeastern Louisiana 82-31

Pokes roll into Big 12 play.



STILLWATER — The Cowboys probably would’ve dominated this game with or without Isaac Likekele, but unluckily for the Lions, Likekele was back.

In Likekele’s return after a four-game hiatus with an undisclosed illness, Oklahoma State crushed Southeastern Louisiana 82-31 on Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Likekele played 19 minutes, where he put up nine points, four assists, three rebounds and a few pretty buckets.

The Cowboys took a 47-19 lead into the halftime break thanks to some NBA All-Star game level defense from the Lions (that’s not a compliment).

The gap in competition level didn’t deter OSU from going all out, though. With a 20-point lead in the first half, Lindy Waters took to the white maple hardwood to secure a loose ball. From his back Waters tossed a nice lead pass to Likekele to start a fastbreak. Likekele then found Cam McGriff who nearly ended a young man’s basketball career with a thunderous alley-oop jam.

Thomas Dziagwa finished with a game-high 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Jonathan Laurent (11) and Yor Anei (10) also finished in double figures for the Cowboys. Cameron McGriff had a team-best nine rebounds.

This is how this game was supposed to go, as the Lions brought a 317 KenPom ranking with them into Gallagher-Iba Arena. That’s by far the lowest ranking on OSU’s schedule this year. It comes at a good time, as the Cowboys had struggled in their past four games, going 1-3. It’s also a nice confidence booster for the Pokes heading into Big 12 play, which starts in less than a week.

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