OSU basketball: Thomas Dziagwa sparks Cowboys past Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Thomas Dziagwa caught the kick-out pass from Isaac Likekele and immediately let it fly.
The basketball rolled around the rim, caught the backboard and fell through the net just past the midway point of the second half.
Oklahoma State’s spirits lifted. Charleston’s fell.
On a night OSU got off to a slow start on the road, the Cowboys recovered behind their veteran sharpshooter. Dziagwa made seven 3-pointers in a 73-54 win over Charleston late Wednesday night.
"I told him the other day, 'If you stop shooting, then we’ll have a problem,'" OSU coach Mike Boynton said. "Obviously, he has a lot of confidence. He makes an impact on the game."
OSU (3-0) won just two road games last season, but now has back-to-back road wins (including a win at Baylor in March) for the first time since February 2018.
Dziagwa scored 21 points — all on treys to tie his career high. He caught fire in the first half when Charleston (2-1) took a nine point lead.
Dziagwa was spotting up, catching passes and letting his stroke do the rest. He hit three 3s in the final 4:30 to help OSU rally to tie the game at halftime.
That allowed OSU’s defense to settle in. Charleston took a 36-32 lead early in the second half, but OSU (3-0) responded with a 15-3 run to take control. Charleston was hanging around within 10 until Dziagwa’s 3-pointer rolled in.
The Cowboys quickly jumped to a 15-point advantage and rolled. They outscored Charleston 43-24 in the final half.
That helped forget a miserable start to the game. Center Yor Anei picked up two fouls and was on the bench within the first five minutes. Freshman Kalib Boone also got into foul trouble.
OSU was struggling to shoot the ball, especially from deep.
Lindy Waters III scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Likekele added 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Boone scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds off the bench.