Oklahoma State was playing its best basketball of the year before COVID-19 shut down the NCAA basketball season.

A 72-71 win over Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament was the fourth consecutive win for a Cowboys team that reinvented its offense by throwing the ball inside the paint.

“I do believe we were playing as well as anybody in our conference,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said, whose team went 7-2 over its last nine games.

OSU was scheduled to play against No. 1 Kansas in the next round and the Cowboys never got a chance to see if they could make a postseason run by upsetting the top-ranked team in the country. Three senior captains, Thomas Dziagwa, Lindy Waters III and Cameron McGriff, had an abrupt ending to their careers but at least they got to end the year on a high note.

Here is a look back at the 2019-2020 season:

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Frank joined Tulsa World as the Oklahoma State University sports writer in June 2019. He is an Indiana native who attended graduate school at IUPUI after receiving his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. 918-581-8387