Kansas – The Cowboys learned the hard way that Big 12 opponents are not going to go away easily — ever. Oklahoma State (7-3, 1-3 Big 12) let a second half lead slip away in each of its first four conference games this season, including Monday’s 87-84 loss to West Virginia, in which the Pokes lead by 19 points with 11 minutes remaining. The inability to close out games late also led to losses against unranked TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena and No. 11 Texas on the road. Oklahoma State was lucky to navigate an overtime win against No. 13 Texas Tech last Saturday despite letting the Red Raiders rally and take a lead in the closing minutes of regulation.

The young Oklahoma State squad has another opportunity to get back on track when it travels to face Kansas State (5-7, 1-3 Big 12) Saturday at 5 p.m. CT in Manhattan. The game will air on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg and Chris Spatola on the call. Cowboys’ head coach Mike Boynton, as well as sophomore forward Kalib Boone and freshman guard Rondel Walker all took some time Thursday after practice to answer questions from reporters via Zoom and provide and update on the Cowboys ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manhattan. Here are some highlights from what the Pokes said during the media availability.