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OSU basketball: Free-throw woes doom Cowboys in loss at U.S. Bank Stadium Classic

OSU basketball: Free-throw woes doom Cowboys in loss at U.S. Bank Stadium Classic

Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy (3) drives around Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Oklahoma State basketball team couldn’t stop fouling Jordan Murphy. In fact, it couldn’t stop Murphy.

The Minnesota senior forward tallied 24 points, including 11 at the free-throw line, in the Golden Gophers’ 83-76 win against the Cowboys on Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Cowboys accumulated 24 fouls during the game, and Minnesota converted 23 of its 30 attempts from the line.

OSU (4-3 overall), however, couldn’t replicate the same success. The Cowboys finished 12-of-24 from the free-throw line. They shot worse from the charity stripe (50 percent) than 3-point range (52.6 percent).

Lindy Waters led the Cowboys with 18 points while draining four of his six 3s. Cameron McGriff scored 10 points, but foul trouble limited him to 29 minutes. While he was on the floor, the Cowboys outscored Minnesota by 11.

The 11 minutes he was off the floor, OSU was outscored by 18.

Freshman center Yor Anei had four blocks in 15 minutes but fouled out late in the second half. He picked up two quick fouls after halftime, forcing him to sit on the bench.

Michael Weathers (18) and Mike Cunningham (12) also scored in double figures. The Cowboys trailed 70-52 with 10:33 left in the second half. At the 9:03 mark trailing by 15, OSU deployed a veteran lineup of Weathers, Waters, Cunningham, McGriff and Thomas Dziagwa, a group that narrowed Minnesota’s lead to six thanks to a 12-0 run.

OSU had a chance to get within three, but Weathers split free throws at the line before the Golden Gophers (6-1) clinched the game at the line.

OSU forced 19 Minnesota turnovers and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, though it garnered only five second-chance points.

The Cowboys return to action Wednesday when they travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane at 7 p.m.

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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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