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Cowboys’ season comes to an end as they fall short against Oregon State

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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Second Round

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 21: The Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Oregon State Beavers in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Keylan Boone pump faked on the right wing, gave the ball one bounce, stepped back behind the three point line and let it fly.


Right after, Oklahoma State pressed and Cade Cunningham flew in to intercept a pass, saving it in-bounds. Cunningham received the ball back moments later and put up another three from the same spot.


The game was within reach for the Cowboys, but that’s where their momentum stopped.

That’s where their season stopped.

A great season for OSU basketball has come to an end.

The Cowboys made a couple late pushes, but ultimately couldn’t close the gap against Oregon State, losing 80-70 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 4-seeded OSU had trailed since early in the first half when Cunningham’s triple with four minutes left cut the deficit to a one-possession game.

From there, the Cowboys couldn’t make enough stops or enough shots down the stretch to complete the comeback.

In his last game in an OSU uniform, Cunningham, freshman phenom and Big 12 Player of the Year, led his team with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Despite battling early foul trouble, Beavers’ guard Ethan Thompson went off for 26 points. Former Cowboy Maurice Calloo was a big factor off the bench for 12-seed Oregon State, hitting multiple triples and adding 15 points.

A flurry of whistles was a consistent theme throughout the game, with both teams struggling with foul trouble from the jump. The teams combined for 58 made free throws, the most in an NCAA Tournament game since 2002.

Avery Anderson played a big part in keeping the Cowboys afloat early, as his penetration led to OSU’s best offensive possessions in the first half, along with making some big plays late. He finished with 16 points.

The best year of the Mike Boynton era ends with the Cowboys final record standing at 21-9.