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Five takeaways from Cowboys' narrow loss to No. 11 Texas Tech

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Oklahoma State's Lindy Waters had a career-high 26 points in the Cowboys' loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday.

With a 3-point shot, Lindy Waters III set his career high and sent the game into overtime.

The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team nearly upset Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, but the Red Raiders sealed their victory when Davide Moretti made a pair of free throws. Texas Tech slipped past the Cowboys 84-80 on Wednesday night.

Here are five takeaways from the game.

Waters plays at new level

Waters made the crucial 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left in regulation.

He sank the shot over Moretti from behind the right side of the arc and made another 3 in overtime for a career-high 26 points. Waters’ previous career high was 20 points in a home loss to Oklahoma on Jan. 23.

Despite the No. 11 Red Raiders’ defensive prowess, they couldn’t contain Waters, a junior starting guard, anywhere beyond the arc. He went 7-for-10 from 3-point range.

Moretti’s foul shots spoil Cowboys’ chances at victory

Moretti, a sophomore guard from Bologna, Italy, was flawless from the free-throw line.

He made four free throws in overtime and finished 12-for-12 from the foul line. The Cowboys hit 11 foul shots combined.

They sent Texas Tech to the line for 32 shots, and the Red Raiders made 25. Multiple Cowboys committed early fouls, though only Yor Anei fouled out.

Red Raiders control game in paint

Although the Cowboys (10-18 overall, 3-12 Big 12) had the advantage from 3-point range, Texas Tech dominated in the key.

The Red Raiders outscored OSU 36-8 in the paint.

The Cowboys held Texas Tech to an abysmal 3-for-19 performance from 3 while they went 17-for 32, but 3-point shots alone couldn’t give OSU an edge.

Mitchell shows potential

At the start of the season, Dee Mitchell wasn’t on the Cowboy basketball team.

He drained the 3-point shot that gave OSU its first lead against the Red Raiders (23-5, 11-4).

Mitchell, a freshman guard, is a walk-on who joined the team after the Cowboys’ open tryouts Jan. 17.

He played 12 minutes, including the entirety of overtime. This is valuable experience for a player who, despite his new walk-on status, is showing potential. Coach Mike Boynton has described him as a natural point guard.

Cowboys preserve pride

The Cowboys didn’t win, but they didn’t embarrass themselves.

After Kansas State demolished them 85-46 on the road, Waters said the rest of the season is about playing for pride. OSU kept that pride intact with this narrow loss to the Red Raiders.

A team with seven available scholarship players held its own against the No. 11 team in the nation. Although another loss is understandably likely frustrating for the Cowboys, they shouldn’t feel ashamed about this one.

With the victory, Texas Tech is tied with the Wildcats at the top of the conference.