Boynton ejected, four players foul out in loss to Bears

Men's Basketball OSU vs. Baylor

Isaac Likekele dribbles during the Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Baylor men's basketball game on January 18, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. 

When Mike Boynton was ejected during the Oklahoma State men's basketball team's loss to Baylor, the only thing the third-year head coach could do was shake his head and smile. 

As he headed off the court inside the Farrell Center, Boynton took a detour and walked over towards Bears coach Scott Drew and shook his hand. Boynton proceeded to shake the hand of every BU assistant coach and player on the bench before making his grand exit. 

He had no malice for the opposing players or coaches. It was clear that his frustrations were towards the referees, who called 31 fouls on the Cowboys in their 78-70 loss to the Bears on Saturday.

The Cowboys, who previously lost by seven to No. 1 BU in Stillwater last month, got into early foul trouble as forwards Cameron McGriff, Yor Anei and Kalib Boone each had two fouls in the first eight minutes of the game. 

Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) took advantage of the foul trouble as it built up an early lead as the Cowboys had to watch their steps to not draw fouls. 

BU's largest lead was at 14 before the Cowboys (11-12, 1-9) slowly chipped away at it to only be down by nine at halftime.

Right out of the half, the Cowboys clawed their way back and tied the game after a big dunk by McGriff with 8:52 left in the game. 

However, it was the first and only time the Cowboys tied the game that half. OSU's potential comeback was marred by numerous foul calls in to last nine minutes.

There were 15 fouls called on OSU between the time it tied the game and the final buzzer. 

Though the refs frequently used the whistle against OSU, the Cowboys still managed to keep the game close. BU's lead didn't increase by more than nine the rest of the game. 

While the Cowboys were still fighting, the early foul trouble reared its ugly face. In less than a five-minute stretch, McGriff, Boone, Anei and Jonathan Laurent foul out.

The Cowboys were without their top big men. 

When Boynton had enough of the refs calls, he stared an official down, who then called a technical foul. When BU's MaCio Tegue went to the line for the technical fouls shots, Boynton had a few more choice words and was promptly ejected. 

It was the end of OSU's hopes for a comeback as the Bears sealed the victory. 

It definitely wasn't the outcome Boynton or the Cowboys wanted. However, for the second time this year, the Cowboys showed that they can fight and compete with the best team in the country. 

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