December 21, 2018 / 8:50 PM / 5 months ago

Jones' breakout performance leads OK State past Central Arkansas

Reserve guard Curtis Jones had 23 points and Cameron McGriff added 17 to lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys to an 82-73 win over the visiting Central Arkansas Bears on Friday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Hayden Koval had 21 points and Thatch Unruh added 10 to lead the Bears, who fell to 4-8 on the season.

Two days after losing at Indiana by 33 on Wednesday night, Central Arkansas was done in by a former Hoosier on Friday.

After scoring just two points Sunday in his first game of the season during a 79-56 loss to Nebraska, Jones — an Indiana transfer who had to sit out the first semester of the season — had a breakout performance against the Bears, hitting 5 of 10 from deep and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line while adding six rebounds.

Lindy Waters III added 10 points and 11 rebounds and Thomas Dziagwa had nine points for the Cowboys, who improved to 5-6 on the season.

The Cowboys survived 41 percent shooting thanks to a 43-28 advantage on the glass. Oklahoma State was pesky on the offensive glass, out-rebounding the Bears 14-6, with Waters and Yor Anei grabbing four offensive rebounds apiece.

Central Arkansas shot just 44 percent from the field in its third straight loss. While Koval hit 8 of 10 shots for the Bears, Unruh and DeAndre Jones combined to shoot just 5 of 20 from the field.

Central Arkansas fended off Oklahoma State early, leading throughout the first 10 minutes. The Bears started the game 5 of 10 from the field before the Cowboys came back to take their first lead with nine minutes left in the half, but neither team seized control until Oklahoma State used a 16-6 run to take a 43-33 lead into halftime.

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