The Cowboys are set to take on the Iowa State Cyclones tomorrow morning at 11:30 in the Cowboy’s first game of the Big 12 Tournament. Oklahoma State enters this game 20-11 on the season, 9-9 in Big 12 play, and Iowa State enters this game 20-10 on the season and 12-6 in Big 12 play. Jawun Evans is averaging 18.7 points and 6.3 assists a game this season. In fact, he leads the Big 12 in assists and he’s second in scoring. Senior Phil Forte is averaging 13.4 points per game, and leads the nation in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent. The leading scores for Iowa State are Monte Morris with 16.2 ppg and Naz Long with 16.0 ppg.
The Cowboys are set to get back to their winning ways as they have lost the last two games of the regular season. And the Cowboys didn’t play too bad against Iowa State this season. In fact, the Cowboys have played rather well. The only problem is, they allowed the Cyclones to play even better. When the two teams met back on February 28th, they allowed 21 assists, 15 three-pointers and the Cyclones also had two 20 point scorers. And then back on January 17th, Iowa State had all five of their starters in double figures. But the Cowboys did finish the season strong despite losing their last two games. Against Iowa State, the number 24 team in the country at the time, they only lost by three points, 86-83. Jawun Evans scored 29 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Leyton Hammonds had 19 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 10 rebounds. And then against Kansas, the number one team in the country and the Big 12 player of the year, the Cowboys only lost by five, 90-85 and Jawun Evans had one of his best games of the season scoring 22 points and 15 assists, marking his third career double-double, and Jeffrey Carroll led all Cowboys with 27 points.
One of the things that the Cowboys can do, is guard just a little bit tougher and try to eliminate the offensive rebounds on missed shots. “We gotta do a better job of closing out.” Said Underwood, “We gotta be just a little bit quicker. We gotta have a hand up more consistently. They’re gonna make tough shots. That’s what they do. They’ve done it against everybody all year long. We have to eliminate their offensive rebounds when they do miss. And that’s what beat us in Ames, was we had three straight stops, and they got three offensive rebounds. That broke out backs. Otherwise, we got a great opportunity to win that game. Veteran teams, old teams have great shooters. They make tough shots. And that team’s gonna do that some and we just gotta make them as hard as we possibly can and try to keep them out of rhythm a little bit.”