Jeffrey Carroll reaches lofty status for Cowboys

Nathan Ruiz The Oklahoman

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jeffrey Carroll leapt, then stumbled, able to pass the ball he had just rebounded to a teammate before completely falling.

That offensive board not only set up a Kendall Smith 3-pointer in the first half of Oklahoma State’s 90-70 loss Saturday at TCU, but it was also Carroll’s 512th career rebound, moving him into the top 25 in school history in that category.

Carroll thus became the 14th player in Oklahoma State history to rank in the program’s top 25 in both scoring and rebounding. He is only the eighth to do so among players listed at 6-foot-6 or under.

“Kid’s had a great career,” coach Mike Boynton said. “I’m happy for him that he accomplished that. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. Not very many players get those types of stats in their career. I certainly never did. I didn’t come close to either one.”

Carroll finished Saturday’s game with eight points and eight rebounds.

Boynton not interested in NCAA Tournament talk after loss

Saturday’s loss leaves the Cowboys likely needing to win four straight games at some point to make the NCAA Tournament, either in this season’s final stretch or in the Big 12 Tournament.

After the game, Boynton wasn’t interested in promoting the Cowboys’ tournament resume. There are high points, including road victories at Kansas and West Virginia, but a dozen losses hamper OSU’s outlook.

“It’d be hard for me to talk about the NCAA Tournament after the way we played tonight,” Boynton said. “But I do believe this: I think I have group of kids in a locker room who can compete with anybody. We’ve gone into two of the toughest places to play in the country after losses and very easily could’ve not competed the way that we did, and we showed the character of the guys in the locker room.”

OSU is 5-3 after a loss thus far in Big 12 play.

Waters returns

without issue

After a hard fall Wednesday against Kansas State cost him the final 11 minutes of the Cowboys’ loss, sophomore guard Lindy Waters played without issue Saturday.

Waters started his seventh straight game despite suffering a back injury while trying to take a charge Wednesday. He initially gripped his lower back and grimaced on the floor before being helped up. He walked off the court under his own power, though he had a noticeable limp.

Waters had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in the loss, going 2-for-7 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3.

“He seemed fine,” Boynton said. “He didn’t play his best, but it had nothing to do with an injury or anything like that.”

Up next

The Cowboys will try to end their three-game home losing streak Wednesday when they face No. 7 Texas Tech in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

OSU led by 12 at halftime in a 75-70 loss to the Red Raiders on Jan. 23. Texas Tech scored 50 points in the second half, rallying to keep its perfect season at home going. The Red Raiders are 16-0 at home but are only 4-4 on the road.

The Cowboys have not won a Big 12 midweek game, going 0-8.