Hot Shooting Cowboys Down WSU

WICHITA – Oklahoma State handed Wichita State its first-ever loss at INTRUST Bank Arena, 93-76,  on a frigid, snowy Saturday night.

WSU — which dropped to 6-1 in its annual downtown game — couldn’t find a rhythm, shooting only 37 percent from the field, including 3-of-17 from long range.

OSU (9-2) blistered the nets, finishing at 53 percent, while pouring in 14 threes on 28 attempts.

Darral Willis Jr. collected his first double-double as a Shocker with a team-best 24 points and 13 rebounds. It was WSU’s first point-rebound double-double performance since Feb. 25, 2015 when Darius Carter put up 20 & 11 at Indiana State.

Markis McDuffie sccored 10 of his 14 points at the free throw line to go with six rebounds for WSU (9-3), which saw a four-game winning streak come to an end. Zach Brown chipped in 10 points and six boards of his own.

Jawun Evans and Jeffrey Carroll led Oklahoma State with 22 points apiece, and Leyton Hammonds added 12.

OSU shot out of the gates quickly, grabbing a 10-1 lead three minutes into the game and would never trail by less nine the rest of the way. The Cowboys stretched it to double-figures at the 11-minute mark, 22-9, behind 11 points from Evans.

The Shockers went eight minutes without a field goal and found themselves trailing by as many as 18, 31-13.

Wichita State used a brief spurt to claw within nine points, but the Cowboys immediately responded with an 11-2 run to grab a 16-point cushion at halftime, 49-33.

Carroll led all scorers with 16 first half points, while Evans added 11. Willis scored 10 to lead the Shockers in a half where WSU shot only 33 percent from the field. Oklahoma State lit up the WSU defense to the tune of 52 percent overall, including 6-of-11 from downtown.

The Cowboys led by as many as 25 in the second half and seemed to have an answer for every Shocker basket.

Up Next
The Shockers conclude their non-conference slate at home against South Dakota State next Thursday, Dec. 22. The 7 p.m. CT tip airs on Cox Channel Kansas (Cox HD 2022).

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