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OSU basketball: Villanova scorches Cowboys from deep in semifinal loss

OSU basketball: Villanova scorches Cowboys from deep in semifinal loss

Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff (12) puts up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in the Big 12 conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In the first half, it was Eric Paschall. In the second, it was Phil Booth.

Two veterans on the Villanova basketball team scorched Oklahoma State from the 3-point line in the Wildcats 77-58 win on Friday. Paschall hit six 3-pointers, doing most of his damage in the first half and helping the Wildcats (4-2 overall) pull out to a 16-point halftime advantage.

In the second half, Booth did much of the same, as he hit five 3s and helped the defending national champions knock off the Cowboys in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational.

Graduate transfer Mike Cunningham led OSU in scoring with 15 points off the bench. Only two freshmen, Yor Anei and Isaac Likekele, tallied more than 10 minutes. Cameron McGriff was the only Cowboy also in double figures scoring with 11.

During Thursday’s quarterfinal win against Memphis, OSU (3-2) has six scorers in double digits.

OSU’s defense allowed more than 70 points for the first time this season. Villanova set a school record for 3-point attempts (40) and the AdvoCare Invitational record for 3-point makes (16).

The Cowboys trailed by as much as 25 in the second half. A flurry of 3s from Cunningham helped close the gap to 13 before Villanova pulled away for its 19-point victory.

OSU shot 54.5 percent from the free-throw line. Michael Weathers, who scored eight points in 23 minutes, missed all three of his free throws late.

The Cowboys return to action Sunday and will face the loser of Florida State-LSU. The game will be at either noon or 3 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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