Oklahoma State basketball: 3 takeaways from Cowboys' 77-74 loss at No. 11 Texas
A five-star recruit ruled the day. Just not the one Oklahoma State fans wanted to see.
Texas freshman Greg Brown was too much for the Cowboys, as OSU’s late comeback attempt against the 11th-ranked Longhorns fell short in a 77-74 loss Sunday afternoon in Austin.
OSU is now 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12 entering a 13-day break.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
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Brown puts on a show
Texas five-star freshman Greg Brown wasted little time making a statement against his former AAU teammate Cade Cunningham.
Less than 3 minutes into the game, he delivered a vicious dunk over Cunningham. Brown then stared down his former AAU teammate.
Brown missed a good chunk of the first half not long after due to committing two fouls.
Brown got going in the second half, though.
He hit two straight 3-pointers to spark a 17-0 run in the second half. He also blocked a Cunningham shot.
Later, Brown swatted an Avery Anderson III layup with 45.5 seconds remaining as OSU attempted a comeback.
Brown capped his day when he sealed the game making three free throws in the final 20.2 seconds.
Brown finished with a career-high 24 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Second-half struggles doom Cowboys
Just four days after collapsing against TCU, the Cowboys came out strong and led by five at halftime.
But Texas’ 17-0 run changed everything.
The Cowboys first lost track of time and committed a shot clock violation. Brown then made them pay with back-to-back 3s.
And OSU went on a 4-minute, 10-second scoring drought. A 42-38 OSU lead turned into a 55-42 deficit until Cunningham hit a 3-pointer.
Cunningham attempted to take over late, attacking the rim and imposing his will. But his first career technical foul didn’t help things.
Still, the Cowboys got within four in the final minute. But it was too late.
Cunningham ultimately finished with 25 points, three rebounds, three assists and six turnovers.
Lineup change provides spark
OSU coach Mike Boynton made his second starting lineup change of the season.
And this one had strong results.
Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffer and Anderson were in. Ferron Flavors Jr. and Bernard Kouma were out.
Anderson had his best game of the season. He started 3 for 3 and drew a big charge early. He ultimately finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Moncrieffe finished with six points and five rebounds.