In a season with a lot of ups and downs, Oklahoma State basketball accomplished a great deal even in an NCAA loss to Michigan and continuing to pad streaks and records from the entire season.
Friday marked Oklahoma State’s first loss this season when scoring 90 or more points. The Cowboys were previously 11-0 in such games this season.
Oklahoma State held a 22-12 rebounding advantage over Michigan in the first half and a 40-21 advantage in the game.
Michigan entered Friday’s game limiting its opponents to 65.5 points per game. Oklahoma State scored 40 in the first half and 91 in the game. The Cowboys shot 54.7 percent from the field in the game. OSU’s season-best shooting game was a 62.5 percent eruption in a win at West Virginia.
Jawun Evans scored 23 points Friday to mark his 15th 20-point game of the season and his 14th consecutive double-figure scoring game. He finished the season by scoring 20 or more points in six of his final seven games. Evans added 12 assists for his fourth double-double of the season.
Jeffrey Carroll added 19 points for his 28th double-figure scoring game of the year.
Phil Forte scored 12 points, seven of which came in the second half. (He had five at halftime). It was his 95th career double-figure scoring game and his 25th of the season.
Davon Dillard’s 12 points Friday marked his fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. When Leyton Hammonds’ 10 points are added, OSU had five double-figure scorers for the first time since a Feb. 11 win against Texas.
Streaks & Trends
Including Friday’s 14-of-16 showing, OSU finished the season by making 96-of-108 from the line as a team.
Phil Forte entered Friday’s game leading the nation in free throw percentage (.953) and riding a streak of 22 consecutive makes from the line. He was 3-for-3 Friday.
OSU has made at least one three-pointer in 547 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 13, 2001.
Phil Forte extended his Oklahoma State career records for three pointers made (329) and three-pointers attempted (832).
Phil Forte played for the 135th time in his career to move into sole possession of third place on Oklahoma State’s career games played list. He entered Friday tied with Keiton Page (2008-12), Markel Brown (2010-14) and Terrel Harris (2005-09).
Jawun Evans increased his season assist total to 204, which moved him to fourth on Oklahoma State’s single-season chart. He became just the fourth Cowboy to record 200 assists in a season, joining Doug Gottlieb, who did it three times, Andre Owens and Matt Clark.
Oklahoma State’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament marks the Cowboys’ 28th all-time trip to the Big Dance and their fourth in the last five seasons.
The Cowboys finished eight games better than last year’s 12-20 season, marking the third-largest turnaround for a power conference school, trailing only Minnesota (+16 wins from last season) and UCLA (+14 wins from last season).
Brad Underwood took over an OSU squad that finished 2015-16 with a losing record (12-20), and a season later the Cowboys are in the NCAA Tournament. Only two coaches in the history of the Big 12 and five other power conference coaches nationwide since 2000 have accomplished that feat: Rick Barnes (Texas, 1998-99), Bob Knight (Texas Tech, 2001-02), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech, 2000-01), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee, 2005-06), Tony Bennett (Washington State, 2006-07), Trent Johnson (LSU, 2008-09), Mark Gottfried (N.C. State, 2011-12).