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Oklahoma State has easy time with Texas Southern

Field Level Media
29 Nov 2020, 13:05 GMT+10

Cade Cunningham scored 20 points and Rondell Walker added 19 to propel Oklahoma State to an 85-65 nonconference victory over Texas Southern on Saturday at Stillwater, Okla.

Cunningham shot 7 of 12 from the floor, three days after collecting 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Cowboys' 75-68 win over Texas Arlington. Walker, who was held without a point in that contest, made 7 of 13 shots on Saturday.

Ferron Flavors Jr. scored 11 points and Avery Anderson III added nine for Oklahoma State (2-0), which made 45.8 percent of its shots (27 of 59) from the floor -- including 41.7 percent (10 of 24) from 3-point range.

Isaac Likekele answered his second straight scoreless first-half performance to finish with eight points for the Cowboys.

Galen Alexander scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half for Texas Southern, while Michael Weathers, an Oklahoma State transfer, finished with 13 for the Tigers (0-2). All-Southwest Athletic Conference first-team pick Yahuza Rasas shot just 2 of 10 from the field and finished with five points.

Weathers began the second half with a layup before the Cowboys erupted on an 18-4 run to secure a 59-36 lead. Likekele and Favors each sank a 3-pointer before Cunningham and Anderson capped the stretch with respective three-point plays.

Walker kept up the pressure by draining a trio of 3-pointers in under a three-minute stretch to lift Oklahoma State to a 70-49 lead with 8:49 remaining. The Cowboys were not seriously threatened the rest of the way.

An Alexander 3-pointer trimmed Oklahoma State's lead to 29-24 with 5:49 remaining in the first half before the Cowboys worked the interior to push their advantage to 41-30 at intermission. Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a layup and emphatic dunk before Walker's three-point play pushed Oklahoma State's lead to 39-28.

While Oklahoma State shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, it was just 4 of 12 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range. Texas Southern struggled from beyond the arc in the first half, making just 2 of 9 shots (22.2 percent).

--Field Level Media

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