Huge win for Coach Mike Boynton and his very young Cowboy ball club. I might even call it their biggest win of the year as it precedes the Bedlam twin set of games coming up against No. 9 Oklahoma.
It wasn’t just the fact O State won, but it was the tough-minded manner in which the Cowboys battled back in the second half after Cade Cunningham had to sit with his fourth foul with sixteen minutes left in regulation.
O State was down nine points when Coach Boynton sat him down, but that didn’t thwart the Cowboys as other players picked up the slack and in fact caught the Red Raiders at the ten minute mark. Caleb Boone, M.A. Moncrief, and rapidly improving Avery Anderson were key for the Cowboys in their 74-69 overtime win in Stillwater.
It almost felt like that Lincoln Riley moment when he sat Spencer Rattler down in the Red River Rivalry. Boynton’s message seemed pretty clear to his star one and done…”Calm down, play smart, and don’t foul out of the game.”
Mission accomplished. Cunningham didn’t shine like a star, but he did enough and he had a calming effect on his teammates by making a couple of clutch shots when it mattered.
The thing which has to please Coach Mike Boynton the most is the fact his team just beat ranked Texas Tech for the second time this year—and in this win he didn’t get particularly good nights from either of his top two players…Cade Cunningham and Rondel Walker.
It’s a death march in the Big 12 among the top seven ball clubs. Next up for Mike Boynton…No. 9 Oklahoma in a doubleheader version of Bedlam.