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OSU basketball: Likekele’s career day paces Cowboys to third straight win in Morgantown

OSU basketball: Likekele’s career day paces Cowboys to third straight win in Morgantown

Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele (13) drives as West Virginia guard Trey Doomes (0) and forward Derek Culver (1) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

The floor opened in front of Isaac Likekele. With four defenders trailing and one waiting at the rim, he rose.

The freshman point guard slammed home a right-handed jam, the highlight play of his career day in the Oklahoma State basketball team’s 85-77 victory against West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown. The Cowboys’ win was their third straight at WVU Coliseum.

Likekele had a career-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers. McGriff tallied another double-double, pouring in 16 points while snagging 10 rebounds. Curtis Jones scored 15 points in 16 minutes while Dziagwa was also in double figures scoring with 11.

Likekele’s dunk came with 6:49 left in the second half, giving the Cowboys (8-8 overall, 2-2 Big 12) a nine-point cushion it wouldn’t relinquish. He also shot 11 free throws, making nine.

Guard Michael Weathers played only one minute of game action because of a right ankle injury. After starting to run a fast break, he was fouled and fell to the floor in pain. He dragged himself to the scorer’s table before being helped to the locker room a couple minutes later.

Weathers was evaluated at halftime and had his ankle taped, but the sprain kept him out for the remainder of the game. He was on the bench for the second half.

Freshman center Kentrevious Jones made his Big 12 debut after missing the past eight games. He scored two points on a post-up hook shot. In five minutes, OSU was a +5 with him on the floor.

OSU returns to Stillwater to face Baylor at 8 p.m. Monday. The Bears (9-5, 1-1) host Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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