It was a tale of two halves for Oklahoma State in their 96-66 victory on Monday night against Charleston.
In the first half, they had 12 turnovers and were outrebounded by College of Charleston, only leading 43-36 at halftime.
In the second half, however, they outscored the Cougars 53-30 in the second half, dominating them on both sides of the floor, while heading towards a blowout.
Here are takeaways from the game.
Avery Anderson’s Offensive Showing
Avery Anderson III is supposed to be the man for the Cowboys.
However, he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations so far.
Against the Cougars, however, Anderson had a relatively effortless 15 points, shooting 6-9 from the field and knocking down one three and two free throws.
“Just staying with the process, just being confident in myself and the work that I put in,” Anderson said.
Coach Mike Boynton says he’s seen this kind of thing happen before, and he’s optimistic for Anderson moving forward though.
“I think over time, the percentages and the numbers will be what they should be, he’ll be a double-digit scorer for us at the end of the day. I’m not the least bit concerned about where he is right now,” Boynton said.
Tying the school record for blocks in a single game
The length and defensive grit that the Cowboys have is always seen from the tipoff to the final buzzer.
On Monday though, it was especially seen, as they tied a school record with a staggering 16 blocks, with Moussa Cisse leading the way with six and Kalib Boone following close behind with five blocks.
“Obviously I think our defense showed it has the potential to be one of the elite ones in the country,” Boynton said.
Boynton knows this can be a normal occurrence though, as he highlights that if they play like this every night, teams will struggle.
“When we’re connected like we were tonight... teams are going to have a hard time getting shots off,” Boynton said.
Looking forward to defending Max Abmas
Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas is a projected NBA talent, and he faces off against the Cowboys on Friday.
He definitely presents a challenge defensively for the Cowboys, as the Oral Roberts guard is averaging 14.7 points so far this season, after averaging 24.5 last season.
When talking about the challenges facing Abmas brings, Coach Boynton admitted he’s not comfortable.
“You never feel comfortable defending the three against a guy that can shoot it from 40 (feet). That’s what makes him different,” Boynton said.
Boynton even drew comparisons from Abmas to Stephen Curry, as he knows the Cowboys will have to use the length they possess to their advantage.
“I’ve coached against another guy named Steph Curry who could do that and you’re never comfortable. So, we have to do a good job using our length, I think that may be an advantage for us on the perimeter,” Boynton said.
Abmas had more high praise from Boynton, as he expects him to be aggressive against his Cowboys.
“He led the nation in scoring... it wasn’t a fluke. He got 36, I think, in here last year... I’m sure he’ll be really aggressive looking for an opportunity to play against us again on his homecourt,” Boynton said.