Offensive struggles continue as Cowboys fall to Horned Frogs in Fort Worth

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Isaac Likekele and the Cowboy basketball team fell to TCU on Saturday.

Desmond Bane gave TCU’s offense a spark that the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team couldn’t match.

The Cowboys’ shooting troubles persisted in their 52-40 loss to the Horned Frogs on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bane, TCU’s star senior guard, racked up a game-high 20 points and went 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

Although the Cowboys (9-6 overall, 0-3 Big 12) have three senior captains, they couldn’t provide the kind of power Bane brought to the Horned Frogs. OSU had its lowest-scoring game of the season, replacing its 55-41 loss to West Virginia that happened Monday in Stillwater.

The Cowboys made only one of 20 shots beyond the arc against the Mountaineers, and they showed little improvement when they faced the Horned Frogs (12-3, 3-0).

OSU went 2-of-19, or 10.5%, from 3-point range.

Seniors Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters III, OSU’s top 3-point shooters, finished with no points. Waters hadn’t played in a game without scoring since the Cowboys fell to Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament during his freshman season.

Dziagwa returned to the lineup after missing the Cowboys’ game Monday because he had the flu, but he couldn’t give them a boost from 3-point range.

Cameron McGriff, a senior forward from Grand Prairie, Texas, had 11 points. Although he drained a 3 and made a layup to cut TCU’s lead to 35-28 with 13:35 left, it wasn’t enough to fuel a comeback victory.

The other Cowboys from the Dallas-Fort Worth area provided their team with some energy. Isaac Likekele, OSU’s sophomore starting point guard, had a team-high 12 points. Freshman guard Avery Anderson III had eight points off the bench, and freshman guard Chris Harris Jr. added five.

The Cowboys are starting Big 12 play 0-3 for the first time since the 2016-17 season, when Brad Underwood coached them. They host Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and to end the losing spell, they will need to find solutions for their recent offensive inefficiency.

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