STILLWATER (AP) — Yor Anei found multiple ways to help the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team stay undefeated.
Anei scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots and the Cowboys beat Western Michigan 70-63 on Friday night in a campus game of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The sophomore starting center had his third double-double and his 11th game with four or more blocks. Thomas Dziagwa added 11 points for OSU (5-0) and Isaac Likekele scored 10 points and four steals, including three steals within the first four minutes.
The Broncos stayed close throughout the game and closed to 35-34 at halftime after Michael Flowers nailed a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the first half. The score was tied at 61 with 2:28 left, but Anei made an alley-oop dunk to put OSU up 63-61. The Cowboys led the rest of the game. “I’ve said this before, give me all of these two-, three-, four-possession games this time of year,” Boynton said. “Because I know for a fact, when the calendar turns (to Big 12 play), that’s what we’re dealing with.” The Cowboys shot 37.5% from the field and 7-of-25 from beyond the arc. OSU had 22 bench points and every available first-year Cowboy played.