Waters leads Oklahoma State over Yale
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – On a day in which his Native American heritage was celebrated throughout the game, Lindy Waters scored 19 points – eight in the final three minutes – to help lead Oklahoma State to a 64-57 victory over Yale on Nov. 17.
Waters, a Kiowa/Cherokee Nation citizen, also had five rebounds. Yor Anei added 12 points (all in the second half), seven rebounds and two blocks for Oklahoma State (4-0). Isaac Likekele contributed 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
“I don’t necessarily believe in coincidences, so it was very fitting that he was the guy, even on a night when he wasn’t his best,” Cowboys coach Mike Boynton said of Waters’ clutch performance late. “When we really needed it, he was able to put us over the top.”
Oklahoma State struggled at times offensively, shooting 36.7 percent (22 of 60) until the final four minutes of the game, including 2 for 17 (11.8 percent) from 3-point range, while clinging to a 51-50 advantage.
“I am proud of our team for finding a way to win against a good team on a night when we obviously did not shoot the basketball well, and pretty much got dominated inside, to be frank,” Boynton said. “We have to address that, but there are no bad wins.”
Paul Atkinson scored 16 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds for Yale (2-2), last year’s Ivy League champion.
“He’s been absolutely terrific,” Yale coach James Jones said of Atkinson, who entered the game averaging 20 points. “Obviously, you keep wanting more out of a kid, but he’s done yeoman’s work, he’s developed right before our eyes and he’s been a force for us at the basket. He’s the guy we’re trying to get the ball to when we need a basket.”
Yale pulled even at 48 on Eric Monroe’s 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining, then got back to within 54-52 on Jordan Bruner’s dunk with 3:25 left, but the Bulldogs missed three consecutive free throws and Waters sank two 3s over the next two-plus minutes to push Oklahoma State to a 60-54 advantage with 1:23 left.
“We got a tie and on the next possession, we didn’t make a good decision and it turned into a three-point play by the other team, so that kind of hurt us tonight,” Jones said. “And we missed some free throws down the stretch, so it’s hard to win when you’re doing those kinds of things.”
The campus-site game is part of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.