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McGriff's double-double leads Oklahoma State over UTSA 82-60

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State was still feeling the effects of a disastrous collapse in their season opener on Saturday, but eventually rebounded with a strong performance.

Cam McGriff scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help lead the Cowboys to an 82-60 victory over UTSA Wednesday night.

Thomas Dziagwa had 16 points and six rebounds while Lindy Waters added 14 points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists, as Oklahoma State (1-1) won its 43rd consecutive home opener.

''There are no bad wins, that's for sure,'' said Cowboys coach Mike Boynton. ''We learned how delicate the line is between winning and losing on Saturday, so we're certainly going to enjoy this accomplishment. It wasn't always pretty, but I thought we did a lot of positive things, things to build on. There were also some things that we can learn from and try to improve on.''

Byron Frohnen led UTSA (0-3) with 11 points, nine rebounds and five steals, while Adokiye Iyaye had 10 points. After committing 19 and 20 turnovers in their first two games, the Roadrunners had 18 in this one.

''We opened the game pretty sharp, we were attacking, made good, simple plays, we played pretty hard defensively to start, then they just turned it completely on us,'' said UTSA coach Steve Henson. ''It's kind of the same story - turnovers are killing us, perimeter shooting has been a struggle for us right now and because of that, it affects our defense a little bit.''

It was a nice bounce-back performance for Oklahoma State after allowing Charlotte to erase a 24-point Cowboy lead over the final 14 minutes on Saturday, including a game-clinching 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining.

Oklahoma State, which has nine newcomers on the roster, including six freshmen, fell behind 9-0 and 13-3 early, but eventually found its confidence. The Cowboys built a 14-point advantage late in the first half, then saw it dwindle to just four early in the second, but responded with a game-changing 18-1 run that put them ahead 56-35 with 11:34 remaining.

''I felt like we were still affected psychologically from the game the other day,'' Boynton said of the early deficit. ''That thing had kind of had a lingering effect even in practice a little bit. It was just psychologically getting over that, putting it behind them. I'm glad we were able to get going.''

The Cowboys led 61-41 after Maurice Calloo's basket with 8:45 to go and UTSA scored the next five points to make the OSU crowd a bit nervous, but Oklahoma State answered with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach for good.

''They took it to us in the second half,'' Henson said. ''They made the run and we just couldn't respond. Our defense has got to be better to overcome rough stretches offensively.''

BIG PICTURE

UTSA: The Roadrunners struggled with inconsistency throughout the contest. They looked impressive early, jumping out to an early 13-3 lead over the first five-plus minutes. The offense went dry after that, at one point late in the opening half missing nine straight shots from the floor and hitting just 1-of-13. Then, trailing 36-22 with 3:01 left in the first half, UTSA went on a 12-2 run over the next four and a half minutes, pulling to within four just 1:24 into the second half. That was followed by another stretch where they were outscored 18-1 and missed seven consecutive shots.

Oklahoma State: Considering how their previous game ended, with the Cowboys shooting just 2-for-20 from the floor, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range, over the final 14 minutes of the Charlotte game, there was some restlessness in the building when the Cowboys started so poorly, missing their first nine shots from the floor and three of their first four free throw attempts. But Oklahoma State bounced back, rattling off a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to take the lead on Waters' 3-pointer with 11:24 left in the opening half. From there, the Cowboys continued to build their advantage and looked pretty solid.

YOUTH IS SERVED

Oklahoma State started two freshmen, forward Yor Anei and Isaac Likekele, and had four other true frosh play at least seven minutes of action in reserve. Calloo and Duncan Demuth each earned over 20 minutes of floor time. ''Playing six freshmen isn't easy on your stress levels as a coach, but it's who we are,'' Boynton said. ''We're a young team and those kids have earned the opportunity to learn in these situations.''

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Both teams struggled on free throws. Despite the victory, Oklahoma State shot just 50 percent (10 of 20) from the line, with McGriff hitting just 2 of 4, and Demuth missing all four of his attempts. UTSA wasn't much better, starting 4 of 9 before finishing 13 of 21 (62 percent) for the night. ''We got to do better,'' Boynton said. ''We've got guys who are very capable. We shoot free throws (in practice) ad nauseum, so that's not something that's very pleasing.''

UP NEXT

UTSA: The Roadrunners head to Estero, Florida, to participate in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament, beginning with a matchup against UC Irvine on Monday.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys take on Charleston at home on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Players
B. Frohnen
C. McGriff
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
36.8 Field Goal % 42.9
50.0 Three Point % 42.9
62.5 Free Throw % 83.3
+ 2 Mitar Stanojevic made layup 4.0
+ 2 Michael Weathers made dunk, assist by Trey Reeves 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Trey Reeves 21.0
  Adokiye Iyaye missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Toby Van Ry 39.0
  Trey Reeves missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Toby Van Ry made layup, assist by Mitar Stanojevic 41.0
+ 2 Maurice Calloo made layup, assist by Luke Major 52.0
  Tamir Bynum missed layup 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Michael Weathers 1:23
  Toby Van Ry missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:25
Team Stats
Points 60 82
Field Goals 21-64 (32.8%) 31-62 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 5-26 (19.2%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 43
Offensive 14 13
Defensive 21 29
Team 4 1
Assists 9 20
Steals 11 8
Blocks 0 4
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo UT-San Antonio 0-3 273360
home team logo Oklahoma St. 1-1 364682
Team Stats
away team logo UT-San Antonio 0-3 75.7 PPG 42.4 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo Oklahoma St. 1-1 70.4 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
3
B. Frohnen F 7.5 PPG 7.4 RPG 1.5 APG 55.3 FG%
12
C. McGriff F 13.4 PPG 8.2 RPG 1.9 APG 38.4 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Frohnen F 11 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
C. McGriff F 20 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
32.8 FG% 50.0
19.2 3PT FG% 50.0
61.9 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Frohnen 11 9 2 4/11 1/2 2/5 3 30 5 0 2 5 4
A. Bior 9 5 0 3/11 0/1 3/7 1 27 2 0 2 2 3
K. Wallace 8 3 3 2/9 2/9 2/2 4 25 2 0 4 0 3
G. De Nicolao 7 2 2 2/5 0/3 3/3 4 31 1 0 4 0 2
N. Allen 6 6 1 3/9 0/3 0/0 3 26 1 0 3 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Frohnen 11 9 2 4/11 1/2 2/5 3 30 5 0 2 5 4
A. Bior 9 5 0 3/11 0/1 3/7 1 27 2 0 2 2 3
K. Wallace 8 3 3 2/9 2/9 2/2 4 25 2 0 4 0 3
G. De Nicolao 7 2 2 2/5 0/3 3/3 4 31 1 0 4 0 2
N. Allen 6 6 1 3/9 0/3 0/0 3 26 1 0 3 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Iyaye 10 2 0 4/9 2/7 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 1 1
T. Van Ry 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
M. Stanojevic 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 2 1
A. Rodriguez 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 0 1 1 2
T. Bynum 2 1 0 0/6 0/1 2/2 0 18 0 0 1 0 1
M. Escheik 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Hellums - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Timperman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Plummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 35 9 21/64 5/26 13/21 18 200 11 0 17 14 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. McGriff 20 10 1 8/18 2/5 2/4 2 31 1 0 3 3 7
T. Dziagwa 16 6 3 6/8 4/5 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 1 5
L. Waters III 14 7 6 5/9 2/4 2/2 1 28 1 0 2 0 7
I. Likekele 8 6 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 1 29 3 0 4 2 4
Y. Anei 3 2 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 4 17 0 4 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. McGriff 20 10 1 8/18 2/5 2/4 2 31 1 0 3 3 7
T. Dziagwa 16 6 3 6/8 4/5 0/0 1 28 2 0 1 1 5
L. Waters III 14 7 6 5/9 2/4 2/2 1 28 1 0 2 0 7
I. Likekele 8 6 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 1 29 3 0 4 2 4
Y. Anei 3 2 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 4 17 0 4 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Calloo 11 1 0 4/9 1/4 2/2 3 22 0 0 0 1 0
D. Demuth 4 5 0 2/5 0/0 0/4 1 20 1 0 0 4 1
L. Major 3 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0
M. Weathers 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
K. Jones 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 7 0 0 2 1 1
T. Reeves 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
M. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 42 20 31/62 10/20 10/20 18 199 8 4 14 13 29