Oklahoma State’s cross-country road trip continues getting worse.
The Cowboys dropped their second straight game on a three-game road trip, this time at one of the hottest teams in the country.
OSU (8-7, 1-3 Big 12) has lost 6 of 8 since the calendar turned to December.
“As a team, we gotta be better,” OSU veteran guard Isaac Likekele said on the radio postgame show. “As a team, we’re not playing good lately.”
Running into Texas Tech now was not ideal. The Red Raiders upset Kansas on Saturday and followed that Tuesday with a win at No. 1-ranked Baylor.
There was no letdown for the Red Raiders, either.
Now, the Cowboys get another tough road matchup in less than 48 hours at Baylor.
Here is a look at Thursday’s loss:
Brutal start, finish to opening half puts OSU in hole
The Cowboys fell in an early hole, battled back to tie the game and then fell in a bigger hole.
All by halftime.
Very little went right for OSU in the opening half.
Texas Tech started on fire, scoring the first 10 points. OSU did not make a field goal until Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe’s dunk with 12:31 remaining.
By then, Tech was up 13-6.
OSU battled back with a 10-0 run and eventually tied the game with a 3 from Bryce Williams with 7:07 left in the half.
But the Red Raiders responded with a 21-6 run to close out the half, turning to a defense that slowed down OSU’s up-tempo attack that got it back in the game.
Texas Tech led 42-27.
“We pieced together a couple of those spurts, if you will, where we showed some really good defense that helped lead to offense,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said on the radio. “But for whatever reason we’re not able to carry that through let’s say an 8-minute period. We’re doing it for 4-minute spurts and in this league you’ve gotta do it for as long as possible. You gotta get as close to 40 minutes doing it as possible.
“Or you find yourself continuing to try to fight back, which is really, really difficult. I commend our guys for the fight they showed after they got down.”
Texas Tech shot 48.4% overall in the half. Adonis Arms scored 13 points, making 3 of 3 from deep. Oral Roberts transfer Kevin Obanor also hit three 3-pointers.
The Red Raiders didn’t let up in the second half, building a 21-point lead.
Obanor finished with a game-high 17 points.
OSU’s offense by the numbers
OSU’s offense again struggled against one of the top defenses in the country.
Here is a look at the struggles through the numbers:
32.1: Field-goal percentage for OSU, the lowest since shooting rate of the season. OSU has shot below 30% for five straight games.
7: Made layups by the Cowboys on 17 attempts.
6: Made 3-pointers on 21 attempts by the Cowboys, a 28.6% rate.
2: Fast-break points for the Cowboys, while the Red Raiders had six.
15: Turnovers by the Cowboys, their sixth straight game with double-digit giveaways. The defense did force 12 Texas Tech turnovers.
14: Points for Kansas transfer Bryce Thompson on 5 of 11 shooting. It was his first double-digit scoring game since the Nov. 22 win over Charleston.
0: Field goals for OSU junior Avery Anderson III on six attempts. It’s his second game this season without a field goal. Anderson is just 7 for 36 in Big 12 play.
It wasn’t all gloom and doom for the Cowboys.
They got strong performances — even if the box score doesn’t necessarily show it — from some players looking to get things going.
Rondel Walker made just 1 of 5 shots, but it was a big 3-pointer being his first since the Dec. 13 win over Cleveland State.
Walker has been in a huge slump — he had made just six baskets since scoring 16 points in a Nov. 17 win over NC State — and is working to get out of it.
He still brought the defense that won over the OSU faithful last season with two steals.
Moncrieffe was also strong, scoring six nine points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing three assists. He was the lone player with a positive plus-minus (1).
It was Moncrieffe’s best game in Big 12 play this season.
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