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Report Card: Cowboys win over a short handed Kansas State team

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Rondel Walker

Taken during OSUMBB's victory over Kansas State on January 9, 2021.

Oklahoma State bounced back from a crushing loss to West Virginia with a win on the road over Kansas State.

The Cowboys were able to put to Gleyber a solid performance, but it wasn’t pretty.

Shooting: B

The shooting performance did not start off well for the Cowboys, but the team finished strong. The Cowboys finished shooting 27-of-48, 56.3%, from the field and 6-of-14, 42.9%, from deep. The offense has been shaky at times this season, but today the Cowboys were efficient enough to come out with a win.

Kalib Boone: B+

When Boone met with the media earlier this week he opened up about his confidence struggles on the court. Boone has struggled recently, even losing his starting job, but on Saturday Boone bounced back. He scored 14 points, two rebounds and three assists. Boone has also struggled with foul trouble recently. He’s fouled out three times this season, and in two consecutive games. On Saturday, he recorded only one personal foul.

Kansas State’s heart: A+

Kansas State had only six scholarship players and two walk-ons available for Saturday’s matchup. A team which has struggled already this season took yet another shot due to COVID-19 protocols. Despite being short-handed, Bruce Weber’s team didn’t fold and gave the Cowboys a fight til the end.

Isaac Likekele’s impact: A

Coach Mike Boynton had been calling for Likekele to get more involved on the court for the team to have success. He’s got what he wished for. On Saturday alone, Likekele had 15 points and nine rebounds. In the last three games, Likekele is averaging 18 points and 7.6 rebounds. Likekele’s continued success has paid dividends for the Cowboys as they push forward in Big 12 play.

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