Late Night Snacks: No. 21 Oklahoma State tops No. 16 Baylor; No. 4 Duke holds off Florida State

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 17 Oklahoma 93, No. 14 Iowa State 84

Oklahoma overcame a hot start from Iowa State, who hit 10 threes in the first half, and blew out the Cyclones in the second half of what was a wildly-entertaining, up-and-down game. Tashawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler finished with a combined 36 points, 23 boards and seven assists in the win, which moved the Sooners into second place in the Big 12 standings, a half-game in front of the Cyclones. Both teams are two games back of Kansas in the loss column, which almost assures the Jayhawks of extending Bill Self’s streak of winning the league to 11 seasons. The Jayhawks have just four games left on the road — Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State and Oklahoma — and they have already played both Iowa State and Oklahoma State twice. In other words, to see them blow a two game lead in the final four weeks, is not likely.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 21 Oklahoma State 74, No. 16 Baylor 65

After a home win over Kansas on Saturday, Oklahoma State came up with a big road win at Baylor to keep a nice stretch of conference play going. After a close first half, the Cowboys took control early in the second half and never let up as LeBryan Nash had 22 points to lead four double-digit scorers. The Bears couldn’t get much going from its starting five outside of 16 points and 16 rebounds for Rico Gathers as sixth man Taurean Prince led Baylor with 20 points and four rebounds off the bench. Oklahoma State continues to look like a tournament team in recent weeks with three straight wins over good Big 12 teams, two on the road.

2. No. 4 Duke 68, Florida State 59

The Blue Devils held off a feisty Seminoles team to pick up an ACC road win. Florida State cut the Duke lead to one with under a minute left but the No. 4 team in the country was able to outlast the Seminoles. Quinn Cook came through with 26 points on the night while Tyus Jones added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Jahlil Okafor tallied 13. Devon Bookert kept Florida State in the game with 23 points and six assists.

3. No. 17 Oklahoma 94, No. 14 Iowa State 83

In a high-scoring Big 12 contest, the Sooners put up great offensive numbers in both halves as they ran past the Cyclones. Oklahoma shot 50 percent from the field (39-for-77) and 48 percent from 3-point range (10-for-21) as TaShawn Thomas had 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. After dropping four of five Big 12 games early in the conference season, the Sooners have now won five consecutive conference games.

STARRED

1. Saint Peter’s Marvin Dominique

The senior forward put together a great offensive outing in a win over Siena as Dominique had 26 points and four rebounds. With Saint Peter’s trailing by nine at the half, Dominique put the team on his back with 18 of his points in the second half.

2. Lamar’s Kevin Booze

The freshman guard got going from the perimeter for the Cardinals in a road win at Abilene Christian. Booze had 35 points and was 9-for-13 from 3-point range to go along with four assists. Before Monday’s game, Booze hadn’t scored more than 17 points in a game or hit more than three 3-pointers all season in a game.

STRUGGLED

1. Baylor’s Lestor Medford

It was not a night to remember for the junior guard as Medford finished with only one point in 33 minutes. Medford was 0-for-5 with four turnovers and four fouls on the night, but did have five assists.

2. Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes

The high-scoring freshman guard was held to only five points in 30 minutes on Monday as he was 2-for-7 from the field with six turnovers.

NOTABLES

  • Virginia Tech escaped with a win over Georgia Tech as Malik Muller had 17 points in the win.
  • Stephen F. Austin is now the winner of 32 consecutive conference games with a Southland win over Northwestern State. Ty Charles had a career-high 19 points while Jacob Parker and Thomas Walkup each had 16 points.
  • UNC Asheville had three free throws from Andrew Rowsey with three seconds left to secure a 92-89 overtime win over Gardner-Webb for first place in the Big South. Rowsey finished tied with a team-high 19 points along with center Giacomo Zilli.
  • Alabama State moved to 10-1 in the SWAC with a win over Mississippi Valley State.
  • With 21 points each from Christavious Gill and Kevin Hill, New Orleans was able to outlast McNeese State in the Southland.
  • Houston Baptist had 22 points from Anthony Odunsi in a Southland win over Texas A&M CC.
  • Delaware State kept Florida A&M winless on the season as Amere May had 24 points and Tyshawn Bell added 23 points. Jermaine Ruttley had 30 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort for the Rattlers.
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore trailed Norfolk State at the half but blew it wide open in the second half as Devin Martin had 25 points and Mike Myers had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Deron Powers and Brian Darden each scored 18 points as Hampton held off Howard for an overtime win.
  • Boston got past Lafayette for a Patriot League win as John Papale had a team-high 14 points. Blaise Mbargorba also had this monster dunk: