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Cowboys go into 13-day break with a winless start to conference play

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Rondel Walker

Rondel Walker walks onto the court prior to Oklahoma State's loss to Texas on December 20, 2020 at Texas. Image Taken At Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Longhorns Basketball Game, Saturday, December 20, 2020, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX. Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics

The Big 12 remains so difficult.

Oklahoma State fell to 0-2 to begin conference play after losing another one possession game 77-74.

The Cowboys now have a 13-day break before their next game against No. 14 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. During the layover, the Cowboys will be looking to bounce back to the winning ways they started the season with.

“This break is going to really help us get everybody’s mind focused on the task at hand when we go against Tech at their place,” guard Avery Anderson said. “Just going to come back with that dog mentality.”

This break does come at a good time on the court, allowing the team to regather itself and focus on the upcoming games, but on the other hand, COVID-19 is still sweeping the world.

Coach Mike Boynton is going to let players visit their families during the break for the holidays, but it did come with some concern.

“They’re going to take a break,” Boynton said. “We’ll give them a few days to go home and see their families. I feel that’s important from a mental health and psychological standpoint for the whole season that they have a little time to recharge their batteries. Obviously, when you take that break you’re concerned because guys are traveling, and the virus is still out there.

“So we want to give ourselves some time, so we don’t have any issues, so that’s different this year.”

The Cowboys have been on the cusp of winning both of their first two conference games, but have come up just short each time, each game has been decided by a single possession, but that’s how Big 12 basketball will go this season.

The Big 12 has five teams ranked in the top-15, and the Cowboys play each of them in their upcoming matchups.

“The Big 12’s not going to be easy,” guard Cade Cunnigham said. “The biggest thing is staying together and continuing to fight the entire game. It’s going to be 40 minutes of a fight. I think we’ll definitely figure this thing out, it’s small things we have to talk about.”

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