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By the numbers: Stillwater Stars in The Basketball Tournament

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Stillwater Stars

Sometimes numbers do not tell the whole story.

Other times, statistics could not give a clearer picture of how the game transpired.

The Oklahoma State University based - Stillwater Stars lost 119-67 against Eberlein Drive on Sunday night in the The Basketball Tournament. The Wichita regional game took place at the home of the Wichita State Shockers.

Here are some notable numbers from the game:

18: The Stillwater Stars surrendered 18 3-pointers. Whether it was contested shots at the top of the arc or wide-open corner threes, it did not matter. Seven players on Eberlein Drive made at least one, and the Stars found themselves scrambling all night against the elite perimeter shooting.

51: The Stillwater deficit at the half. The athletic, Kentucky-based Drive team quickly asserted dominance and did not relent after building a lead. OSU alumni and Stars coach Doug Gottlieb mixed in wrinkles like calling timeouts and ordering up a full-court press but the game was a blowout at halftime and never tightened up.

1 and 9: The respective seeds of Eberlein Drive and the Stillwater Stars. Both teams approached the tournament from a different angle. The Stars, relative newcomers to the TBT, entered with a new head coach and revamped roster. Eberlein Drive, a favorite to win the tournament, boasted one of the most loaded rosters in the league with players who have made it to the NBA like Marquis Teague, Archie Goodwin and Jeremy Evans.

18: Times Eberlein Drive threw down a dunk. The motto of Eberlein Drive is “Assault the rim” and it showed in Charles Koch Arena. The Stars struggled to guards the paint and when surrendering 36 points off slams at the rim, there was plenty of room for variation. The audience watching on ESPN3 saw Eberlein Drive make two-handed rim-rocking slams, one handed alley-oops and ferocious put backs.

One million: The winner-take-all million-dollar prize is a staple of the TBT. With the loss, the Stars will not be the team to win that ultimate prize in 2021.

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