Oklahoma State used hot shooting from the perimeter and a mediocre night from Kansas on both ends as the Cowboys pulled off the 86-67 upset of the No. 3 Jayhawks for a Big 12 win.
Entering Tuesday night’s game shooting 33 percent from 3-point range on the season, perimeter shooting was not a strength for Oklahoma State but they went 11-for-21 (52 percent) from 3-point territory in the win over Kansas. The Jayhawks didn’t close out particularly hard on a few occasions and their sloppy defense led to a handful of Cowboy dunks. It was ugly defense from Kansas at times during the second half.
Freshman point guard Jawun Evans led the Cowboys with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds as his attacking style of play helped drive the Oklahoma State offense. Evans had help from Jeff Newberry (13 points) and Jeffery Carroll (11 points) as Oklahoma State shot 50 percent from the field.
The Cowboys (10-8, 2-4) were dealing with a four-game losing streak entering this win, but their only home game in that stretch was a two-point loss to Oklahoma. So, it looks like the Cowboys are going to be tough on everyone at home this season despite not being one of the Big 12’s contenders.
Kansas (15-3, 4-2) should be disappointed with their effort in this one. Oklahoma State really hadn’t defeated a major opponent this season and Kansas was simply outplayed in all facets. The Jayhawk offense took bad shots and didn’t do a great job of moving the ball. Perry Ellis (13 points) and Frank Mason III (14 points) led the Jayhawks in scoring, but they combined to shoot 7-for-22 from the field. For the night, Kansas shot 6-for-22 (27 percent) from 3-point range and 42 percent (24-for-57) from the field.
Overall, an ugly loss to a team that Kansas needs to be beating on the road. The Jayhawks have now lost two consecutive games on the road and losing to a team of Oklahoma State’s caliber is a wake-up call that Kansas has to get better quickly if they want to win another Big 12 title.