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Size inside: Boynton gave 6-foot-7 forward Tyreek Smith his first career start on Saturday and Smith in turn injected game-changing size into OSU’s starting five.
Smith had six points and three rebounds. Next to him, center Moussa Cissé scored a career-high 18 points with 10 rebounds for his first Big 12 double-double. And the Cowboys outplayed West Virginia on the inside, winning the rebound battle. against the Mountaineers 48-24 and outscoring the Visitors 40-16 in the paint.
“You feel more comfortable, you’ll be able to have some presence on the glass,” Boynton said of the pair of big men together in their opening lineup. “When we don’t have two guys like that in there, you don’t have a lot of rebound production. So that’s the first thing.
“The second part is defensive, Tyreek can be more disruptive with his physical presence keeping on the perimeter than any of our smaller forwards like Keylan (Boone) or (Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe) or even Woody (Newton) to some extent. measure.”
Boynton will rely on the inside pair again on Monday in Kansas to face David McCormack. The 6-foot-10 senior lost a career-high 17 points and 15 rebounds against the Cowboys on Jan. 4.
Likekele on the edge of history: Isaac Likekele enters Monday’s game 15 points away from further cementing himself in program lore.