Jeffrey Carroll tossed in 24 points as Oklahoma State picked up an important 96-87 home overtime win over Iowa State Saturday night.
Not only was it the first Big 12 Conference win for new OSU head coach Mike Boynton and it ended a 10-game winning streak for the Iowa State (9-5, 0-3 in the Big 12) against OSU (11-4, 1-2).
“Wow. Talk about effort and fight and competitive spirit,” Boynton said. “I’m extremely proud of our guys for finding a way to keep standing in there. We got knocked in the chin a few times and kept throwing punches back, which was a great sign of encouragement for me, especially coming off the way we played the other day. The other fact is knowing that these guys had never beaten Iowa State. There’s a lot of things going on mentally, but for those guys to stand there and compete the way they did makes me very proud to be their coach.”
Oklahoma State outscored Iowa State 17-8 in the overtime period.
“You can’t over-analyze every single facet,” said ISU coach Steve Prohm. “I’ll analyze what I need to do differently and do better. But this is a game when you play a defense like OSU plays it, everybody knows you have to spread the floor and make plays. That’s why we weren’t very good in the beginning of the game. We were all congested and didn’t have any spacing.
“We had the wrong guys trying to make plays. In the last ten minutes, we did that well. I’m not going to critique every single thing, because we had some guys out there for the first time in those situations. They just have to grow and we all collectively have to do better.”
Tavarius Shine was big for the Cowboys with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
He gave credit to the Cowboy home crowd.
“The crowd is always big for us,” Shine said. “They are behind us. When we get going, they get into. It gets our juices flowing even more. They keep us going even when we are playing slow or our shots aren’t falling. The crowd can get loud on the smallest thing, like a block, and they can get us going.”
The Big 12 looks like the best conference in the nation in basketball.
“Every single play is competitive,” said OSU guard Kendall Smith. “You can’t take plays off. When you are a leader on the team, you have to prove that every single night. I am learning and adjusting. I will continue to get better as the season goes on.”
The Cowboys played at Kansas State on Wednesday. They host Texas at 4 p.m. Saturday and travel to Baylor for an 8 p.m. game next Monday.