With 32.3 seconds remaining and Oklahoma State leading 73-58, the Gallagher Iba Arena crowd erupted. This sudden applause was due to OSU seniors Cameron McGriff, Lindy Waters III and Thomas Dziagwa all giving their final curtain calls on senior day.
In perfect storybook fashion, these seniors were a large reason for OSU’s victory vs. the Iowa State Cyclones. These three seniors combined for 43 of OSU’s 73 points on Saturday and shot a combined 46% from the field.
OSU coach Mike Boynton saw these numbers to be fitting considering the off-court storylines.
“It’s pretty fitting, I think, to look at the stat sheet and then the guys who really, in many ways, should be the story today show up on the stat sheet as our double figure scorers,” Boynton said. “Really proud of everything that they’ve done. Happy that we’re able to win this game on a day that we’re honoring them and their families are here to see. Excited that this team continues to show improvement as we wind down the last couple of weeks of the season.”
Cameron McGriff, who led the team in scoring with 19 points, agreed with Boynton’s sentiment noting that this was the right way to go out.
“It’s cool,” McGriff said. “I think it was a great moment for us as seniors. Being celebrated, honored in this game, for us to go out and win and perform the way we did was pretty special. It’s the right way to do it.”
While the Cowboys primarily attacked the Cyclones with their new brand of inside, physical offense, it was efficient three point shooting from Thomas Dziagwa– who finished with 14 points and six assists– that elevated this game to a blow out. Dziagwa shot 4-8 from three and made all but one of OSU’s three pointers– McGriff made the other one. For Dziagwa, the aggression inside helped him succeed outside.
“It was because we were so good in the paint that the three pointer kind of opened up for me right here,” Dziagwa said. “My team has done a great job setting me screens and finding me when I was open but our bread and butter is getting the ball inside, and we played inside out today so I got some open looks that got me going.”
OSU will play its final home game of the season on Wednesday, March 4, vs. the Kansas State Wildcats on ESPNU.