OSU opens Big 12 play with a six point loss to No. 7 West Virginia in Stillwater
Tavarius Shine led the Cowboys in the first half with 15 points, 5 rebounds and two assist in a 85-79 loss to No. 7 West Virginia Friday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
OSU led by seven early in the second half, but West Virginia rode Teddy Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes and led the Mountaineers their 12th straight win.
The Cowboys are the nation's No. 2 free throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half..
Oklahoma State shot 64 percent in the first half, which is the best half shooting percentage since they shot 65.2 percent in the first half against Texas Tech on Jan. 21, 2017.
The 46 points OSU scored in the first half are the most WVU allowed in a first half this season.
Oklahoma State forced 18 turnovers, which is the most the Mountaineers have had in a game this season.
Jeffrey Carroll had 17 points that gives him 1,061 for his career, which puts him 3 points behind Marcus Smart for 35th place in program history.
Mitchell Solomon proved why he is leading the Big 12 in offensive rebounding this season. He hauled in four offensive rebounds in this game. He finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
The Cowboys have played well in Mike Boynton's first season as coach. Each of their three losses have come against top-10 teams: No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 7 West Virginia and No. 8 Wichita State. Pushing the Mountaineers to the end should give them confidence going forward into conference play.
Oklahoma State travels to Norman to play No. 12 Oklahoma on Wednesday.