NCAAB Game Recap - Oklahoma State at Syracuse
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:39 PM EST

MSU
75
UCLA
62
F
Dayt
84
Kansas
90
F(OT)
UNC
76
Alab
67
F
Maine
26
UVA
46
F
Gonz
94
SoMis
69
F
Seton
69
Oreg
71
F
NE
79
Web
69
F
LoyIL
68
OlDom
61
F
Bry
54
WCU
78
F
Mich
83
IaSt
76
F
TN-M
76
Boston
73
F
ColSt
79
WaSt
69
F
Drake
63
Murr
53
F
SCSt
47
Tuls
78
F
Charl
78
GASt
81
F(OT)
StLou
64
BC
54
F
MsVl
50
N AL
73
F
TexAr
57
Furm
58
F
GWebb
67
N CO
62
F
Manh
64
URI
73
F
MiaO
66
WriSt
71
F
SoFL
67
Nebras
74
F
Miss
74
PSU
72
F
Denv
64
SCla
81
F
SCar
72
NrthIA
78
F
KansSt
60
Brad
73
F
(N/A)
44
Vermt
93
F
Hartfo
58
SMU
90
F
Niag
54
IPFW
77
F
(N/A)
67
YSU
93
F
(N/A)
62
RobM
102
F
Norf
71
Monm
75
F
Stony
61
Del
75
F
SthAL
76
LaSal
81
F(OT)
NMSt
64
GMas
68
F
SEMO
57
CS-Ful
64
F
Alc
50
ArkLR
67
F
OkSt
86
Syr
72
F
(N/A)
71
Valpa
98
F
Samf
77
SDSt
86
F
Pitt
72
NW
59
F
WichSt
63
WVU
75
F
UGA
80
Chami
77
F
ECen
71
UTEP
91
F
(N/A)
43
IdaSt
102
F
SDak
84
CBap
83
F
PorSt
70
UCSB
81
F
Hof
69
USD
79
F
SJSU
48
OrSt
83
F
VaTec
77
BYU
90
F

Nov 27, 2019, 7:39 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Oklahoma State (6-0)

43

43

86

Syracuse (4-2)

31

41

72

Oklahoma State beats Syracuse 86-72 in NIT Season Tip-off
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) With a few words on Wednesday night, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton almost guaranteed opponents may experience sleepless nights.

"I don't think we played our best game," Boynton said after the Cowboys' 86-72 win over Syracuse in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center.

"I thought we played aggressively, and I thought we competed really hard for 40 minutes," Boynton said.

That, they did.

Oklahoma State (6-0) will meet Mississippi in the championship game Friday night, which will follow Syracuse's (4-2) date with Penn State in the consolation.

Isaac Likekele scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Cowboys. "He was terrific," Boynton said of Likekele. "That kid has grown a lot."

Yor Anei added 19 points for Oklahoma State and Thomas Dziagwa finished with 16.

Elijah Hughes led Syracuse with 28 points. Joseph Girard III had 12.

Whereas Boynton was talking about his point guard's maturity, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is coming to terms with a young starting backcourt.

"I thought just the difference between their veterans (and Syracuse's underclassmen)," Boeheim said about Oklahoma State's effectiveness. "(We) have two young guards (who) are trying to figure out what they're doing out there."

Oklahoma State began the second half with a 43-31 advantage, and quickly grew the lead to 58-39. Syracuse promptly cut the deficit with a 9-0 run in 1:39 to pull within 10.

Any thoughts of a comeback were dashed as the Cowboys scored 15 of the next 19 points to extend their lead to 73-52.

"I feel like we stayed offensively aggressive," Likekele said. "That's what we did, attacking the paint as much as we could."

As Oklahoma State stretched the lead, the Orange did not make a shot from the field in more than four minutes. Bourama Sidibe snapped the cold spell with a layup, but by that point Syracuse was down 75-58 with about six minutes left.

"We didn't make enough shots offensively to be effective," Boeheim said.

Anei's one-handed slam with 2:21 left was for all intents and purposes, the culmination of a strong performance on Oklahoma State's part.

The first half saw both teams trade runs. The Cowboys opened the game with an 11-0 run only for Syracuse to respond with a 23-5 surge over a span of 9:34. But Oklahoma State ended the half by outscoring the Orange 27-8.

"The 3s at the end of the first half gave them separation," Boeheim said. "We were just fighting to try to get back into it in the second half."

BIG PICTURE

This was a matchup between teams that can shut down opponents.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys entered the game ranked 36th in the nation in 3-point percentage allowed (36%) and 25th in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (25.7%). They lived up to their reputation, holding Syracuse to 25.8% shooting from 3, and scored their 55th point of the game just 4:27 into the second half.

Syracuse: The Orange entered ranked 10th in the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 53.6 points per game. The 86 points allowed against the Cowboys was a season high, surpassing its previous high of 67 in a 22-point win over Seattle on Nov. 16.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State: Plays in the championship game on Friday night against Mississippi, which rallied late to beat Penn State.

Syracuse: Faces Penn State in the consolation game on Friday.

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Leaders

Oklahoma State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Anderson III 0 0 2 4 2 0
K. Boone 0 0 0 0 0 0
Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Washington 0 0 0 1 0 0
E. Hughes 28 0 1 4 0 1

Team Comparison

OkSt Syr
Points For 86 72
Field Goals 27/55-49% 19/56-34%
Three Pointers 9/26-35% 8/31-26%
Free Throws 23/28-82% 26/37-70%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 28 19
Rebounds 42 34
Blocks 2 2
Steals 12 9
Turnovers 20 17
Personal Fouls 24 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OkSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 27 OkSt 86 @ Syr 72 H. Roessink 1 J. Edwards 1

Game Information

Stadium: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 4,114
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