STILLWATER – The rebound fell in Trey Reeves’ hands before the ball found Michael Weathers. There was nothing between he and the rim.
When he landed, he had brought Gallagher-Iba Arena to a frenzy. His first bucket of the season – and of his Cowboy career – capped Oklahoma State’s 82-60 home-opening victory against The University of Texas at San Antonio. Weathers scored only two points, but in his first action of the season after being suspended for two months brought an otherwise quiet crowd to its feet.
“It was fun seeing him on the court,” junior captain Cameron McGriff said. “I know he’s excited. He hasn’t played in so long. I’m so excited for him.”
McGriff led all scorers with 20 points. He also tallied 10 rebounds, giving him the first double-double of his career. Fellow junior captain Thomas Dziagwa added 16 points while Lindy Waters was the third Cowboy in double figures scoring with 14.
Dziagwa went 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, improving his total to 9-of-15 on the season, a 60 percent rate.
Against the Roadrunners (0-3), the Cowboys shot 50 percent from the field, 3-point and free-throw line.
OSU coach Mike Boynton named freshman Duncan Demuth his most valuable player. The forward from Florida scored four points and grabbed five rebounds, but he missed all four of his free throws. Freshman walk-on Luke Major also missed both of his free throws, yet his highlight came on a 3-pointer in the first half for his first points as a Cowboy.
“There are no bad wins, that’s for sure” Boynton said. “We learned how delicate the line is between winning and losing is on Saturday. I thought we did a lot of positive things, things to build on.”
Every available Cowboy played, and Reeves was the only one who didn’t score. He missed his lone shot, a 3-pointer.
Freshman Yor Anei played only 17 minutes but tallied four blocks, including two that brought the 6,571 fans in GIA to their feet. He started alongside fellow freshman Isaac Likekele, who scored five points and dished out eight assists.
Graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham missed his second consecutive game because of a left hamstring injury. Boynton said Monday that Cunningham was day-to-day and he wasn’t going to rush him back this early in the season.
UTSA jumped out to an early 9-0 lead before Boynton called a timeout. After Dziagwa hit one of three consecutive 3s to give OSU (1-1) the lead, the Cowboys never relinquished the lead. Demuth said getting to play in Stillwater was something he has waited on for a while.
“It’s a dream come true,” Demuth said. “I’ve dreamed about this since I’ve been a little kid. Just to get the opportunity to do this is amazing.”