Oklahoma State had a strong start but couldn’t hold on as the Cowboys fell to No. 2 Kansas 87-80 Saturday in Stillwater.
Jeffry Carroll and Mitchell Solomon combined for 39 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough.
The Cowboys got off to a nice start, holding the Jayhawks to 10 points in the first 12 minutes. Oklahoma State ran out to an 11-point lead over that same span.
“From an Oklahoma State standpoint, we got a little better today even though the outcome wasn’t in the left column,” said OSU first-year coach Brad Underwood. “Free throws and rebounds are my biggest pet peeves in basketball. We had four of us there and they had two. And I think they had nine or maybe 10 points on those opportunities. When you’re playing now the No. 1 team in the country, in their building, you can’t do that.
“In essence, I feel pretty good about what we did offensively. I thought we tried to go a little deeper in the shot clock early. We wanted to try to help our defense by playing good offense. To use the football terminology, ‘time of possession.’ We tried to see if they would make a mistake. I thought we were halfway successful with that and I felt good about our tempo the first half. Kansas is so good and they have always been good at taking advantage of their opponent in transition. What we did is we fouled and that really put us in harm’s way.”
“It was a good win against a good team,” said Kansas coach Bill Self.