Arkansas State 64

(5-9, 0-6 away)

Oklahoma State 84

(9-4, 8-2 home)

    4:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

    Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    ARST 28 3664
    OKST 39 4584

    Top Performers

    Arkansas State: J. Jones 19 Pts, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Oklahoma State: M. Boggan 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Oklahoma State 84, Arkansas State 64

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- In 35 years of coaching, Eddie Sutton had never started three freshman -- until Saturday.

    Mario Boggan scored 27 points and JamesOn Curry added 19 as Oklahoma State overcame the absence of three key players to beat Arkansas State 84-64 Saturday.

    The Cowboys (9-4) rebounded from a blowout loss to Alabama-Birmingham despite missing starters Marcus Dove and David Monds to injury and reserve Torre Johnson to suspension. In their place, Kenneth Cooper and Terrel Harris started alongside fellow freshman Byron Eaton.

    "I thought the game gave us a chance to play some of the players that haven't been playing so much," Sutton said. "I never played a game in all the years I've coached where we had two starters and a sixth man not playing."

    Jim Jones led the Indians (5-9) with 19 points, and Lorenzo Hamilton added a career-best 17.

    Coach Eddie Sutton put the Cowboys through a brutal series of practices after the 90-71 rout by the Blazers Tuesday, including wearing football helmets and pads to improve toughness.

    Oklahoma State responded well, controlling the game from the tip. The Cowboys scored the first eight points and never allowed Arkansas State closer than four.

    "Overall, I thought we did some good things. We turned the ball over too many times," Sutton said.

    "In the second half, I thought our defense again was very spotty and we fouled way too much. And we gave up too many offensive rebounds."

    The Cowboys built their biggest lead at 56-33 on Curry's 19-foot jumper with 11:47 to go. The shot capped a 15-1 run in which Curry scored five points and Boggan scored six.

    The Indians cut it to 60-46 on Hamilton's basket with 8:57 to go, capping a 13-4 run. But Arkansas State could get no closer.

    The Cowboys used a 10-2 run in the first half to pull away. Boggan's lay-in and foul shot made it 26-13 with 7:34 left. Curry had four points and a steal in the run, including a 3-pointer from the left baseline.

    Arkansas State fought back, cutting the lead to 34-26 on Jones' driving lay-in that capped an 8-0 spurt. Oklahoma State led 39-28 at halftime.

    Dove hurt his hip versus Tennessee Dec. 22, and Monds injured his leg against Alabama-Birmingham. Johnson was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He dressed but did not play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 84
    FG Made-Attempted 25-55 (.455) 32-49 (.653)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-8 (.250) 6-11 (.545)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 14-23 (.609)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

    2005-06 Season

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