This wasn’t a great year for Oklahoma State basketball, but it had its moments.
The Cowboys’ season wrapped up Wednesday with a 73-70 loss to TCU in the Big 12 Tournament, so here is a look back at the year that was with some superlatives.
Best Moment: Waters’ Takeover to Force OT in Lubbock
Lindy Waters scored 12 points in the final 53 seconds to drag the Cowboys into overtime in Lubbock.
He capped the streak off with a buzzer beater with two Tech defenders on him. Waters finished the game with 26 points, and he was 7-for-10 from deep.
Biggest Surprise: Yor Anei
I remember sitting in on the Cowboys’ summer practices and wondering who among Yor Anei, Kentrevious Jones and Maurice Calloo would separate himself from the rest.
It turns out Anei didn’t have much competition with the other two, but he crushed any expectations he came in with. He tied Andre Williams’ OSU record for blocks in a season with 85. To go with the blocks, he scored in double figures in eight games, including a season-high 20 against TCU on Feb. 6.
It’s been a while since OSU fans had a freshman big man to be this excited about. Anei is probably on pace to leave OSU as the most celebrated post player since Bryant Reeves. Let’s see him top those expectations.
Dunk of the Season: Isaac Likekele on the State of West Virginia
Isaac Likekele didn’t have a lot of dunks this year, but he certainly made this one count:
Regards to West Virginia guard Chase Harler, who was on the other end of that.
Cameron McGriff will get the honorable mentions all to himself.
Best Hustle Play: Duncan Demuth
Duncan Demuth had a rough freshman year, but this was an awesome play that set up his fellow Floridian for a 3-pointer.
Oddest Result: OSU 90, LSU 77
The Cowboys worked LSU in the AdvoCare Invitational at the start of the year.
Jump forward to Friday, and the Tigers lost only their sixth game of the season. So somehow 12-20 OSU was one of six teams to beat LSU, now ranked ninth in the country.
It was the only time this season OSU beat a ranked opponent. Cam McGriff scored a career-high 28 points, and Waters added 16. With the win, the Cowboys took home third in the preseason tournament.
Best Shoe Game: Curtis Jones
Curtis Jones had some heat on his feet this season.
Cam McGriff entered the year as the favorite in this category, but after coming in at the turn of the semester, Jones went wild with his sneakers.
Jones flexed a couple of pairs of Jordan XIs.
He rocked the underrated Jordan 20s:
It wasn’t just with Jordans either, he showed up in some nice Kobe 7s:
Shoutout to Jackson Lavarnway for all the sneaker pics.