The Oklahoma State Cowboys were one game away from heading to Madison Square Garden, but lost 92-84 to Western Kentucky in the NIT quarterfinal.
Oklahoma State was the host for the game, but couldn’t pull out a win at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys trailed 43-41 at the half and couldn’t make up the deficit in the final forty minutes. Kendall Smith led the home team with 19 points.
In coach Mike Boynton’s first year with the team, Oklahoma State finished with a 21-15 record.
Cowboys fans were understandably disappointed with the loss, although they seem hopeful for the future. Here are the best of the reactions from fans and reporters alike on social media:
That was one hell of a season. Can't wait to see where @thacoachmike takes this program. He's given life to Oklahoma State. Finally.
— Cowboys Ride For Free (@CowboysRFF) March 22, 2018
— Corbin Hackett (@okcpokefan) March 22, 2018
Hell of a job by @thacoachmike this year. Very proud to be a Cowboy fan. Hope to have him for many more years to come!!! Looking forward to see what he can do with the Cowboys next season!!! Loyal & True and GO POKES!!
— GOPOKES75 (@TravisRaySmith) March 22, 2018
Great season from the Cowboys! We found a heck of a coach. Looking forward to next year!
— Michael (@PokeAlum15) March 22, 2018
— Randy (@FixedOn66) March 22, 2018
— Christian Potts (@PottsShotsCP) March 22, 2018
Tough way 2 end the year but I’m so proud of every single 1 of these men and the work they put in. Overcoming huge odds 2 get into position to make the tourney. Fell short but still played hard. respect! @OSUMBB #OKState look forward to more @thacoachmike next year and beyond
— Michael (@MikesGotIssues) March 22, 2018
Mike Boynton takes the microphone to address the fans, thanks them for support. “Our players will continue to fight for it. Thank you.”
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) March 22, 2018
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