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OSU basketball: Cowboys fade down stretch in season-opening loss at Charlotte

OSU basketball: Cowboys fade down stretch in season-opening loss at Charlotte

Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff, left, and center Yankuba Sima, right, block a shot by Kansas center Udoka Azubuike during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Year two of the Mike Boynton era got off to a tough start.

Jon Davis hit a banked 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give Charlotte a 66-64 victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday in Halton Arena. The Cowboys (0-1 overall) couldn’t maintain a 24-point second-half advantage, dropping its season opener.

Cameron McGriff led the Cowboys with 17 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He knocked down all eight of his free throws and played a team-high 36 minutes. Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters each tallied 15 points while freshman Isaac Likekele poured in 13.

Likekeke and Yor Anei started in their first collegiate action. Nine Cowboys played with six of them being true freshmen. Likekeke fouled out after playing 30 minutes.

The Cowboys didn’t make a field goal the final 7:36. During that span, Charlotte went on a 17-0 run to trim the deficit and ultimately come out on top.

Graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham didn’t suit up for Saturday’s game. He injured his hamstring before OSU’s exhibition. Michael Weathers, who was recently reinstated from a suspension, also didn’t play.

The Cowboys’ home opener begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday when The University of Texas at San Antonio comes to Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU is 9-0 against UTSA, including a 90-85 overtime victory in 2011.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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