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3 takeaways: OSU Kalib Boone impactful in Cowboys trip to Connecticut

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Bryce Thompson chest pass to open teammate. 

It was just a business trip. 

Oklahoma State travelled to Uncasville, Connecticut, this week, defeating UMass-Lowell 80-58 on Tuesday, and NC State 74-68 on Wednesday. 

Kalib Boone’s impact was needed

After missing the first two games due to a shoulder injury, Boone hadn’t played more than 11 minutes in a game until their game against Wolfpack.

Boone took advantage of the playing time, as in 18 minutes, he came off the bench and had 20 points, four rebounds and five blocks.

Boone’s production was seen on both sides of the floor, as the Cowboys could’ve used this in their earlier matchups. Because of his stellar play, he was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame All-Showcase Team, along with Rondel Walker.

Thompson's inconsistency

Thompson is considered one of the best shooters and scorers for the Cowboys, but he has yet to string together multiple games with high production.

Thompson started off hot, scoring 14 points against the UMass-Lowell, but against the Wolfpack, Thompson was not involved offensively, shooting twice in 23 minutes.

Poor 3-point shooting

The Cowboys last season were in the bottom half of the Big 12 when it came to 3-point shooting percentage. However, with the additions over the offseason, they looked to improve that.

This hasn’t been shown this season yet though, as the road trip highlighted this flaw. On the road trip, the Cowboys shot a combined six-for-24 from beyond the arc over the course of both games.

This brings the Cowboys’ three-point percentage down to 27.8 on the season, dipping down far from their 33.8% last season.

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