STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State got a win and a record
Tuesday night. What the 12th-ranked Cowboys really wanted was a
sterner test as they prepped for the Big 12 Conference.
The injury-depleted Cowboys used only a seven-man rotation
against NCAA Division II Southwestern, as starting guard Terrel
Harris missed the game with what coach Sean Sutton said was a
non-sports-related eye injury suffered over the weekend.
Oklahoma State (14-1) posted its first 100-point game since Jan.
30, 2005, when the Cowboys beat Colorado 104-86, and broke the
previous school record of 127 points, set Dec. 3, 1977, against
The Cowboys will open conference play Saturday at home against
"It was a game that ... didn't really help us at all as far as
getting ready for a game against Baylor on Saturday that will be an
entirely different game," Oklahoma State assistant coach Jimmy
This is the third straight season the Cowboys have played an
in-state small-college opponent, with Southwestern (10-1) receiving
a $10,000 guarantee. Even with the loss, the Bulldogs are 6-5
all-time against Oklahoma State, with the previous 10 games being
played from 1917 to 1938.
Oklahoma State never trailed, although the Bulldogs -- who
entered averaging 93.1 points per game -- managed keep their deficit
to single digits for most of the first 11 minutes.
As the game progressed, though, the Cowboys' advantage in size
and speed became more and more obvious. Oklahoma State scored 11
straight points in a 98-second first-half burst to turn a 10-point
lead into a 21-point advantage, and the Cowboys led 57-29 at
Oklahoma State extended its lead to as many as 52 points. The
Cowboys passed the 100-point mark on a three-point play by Boggan
with 6:41 left.
The Cowboys shot 63.8 percent from the field, made 34 of 41 free
throws, blocked 11 shots and outrebounded Southwestern 54-28. Two
Southwestern players fouled out, both by the 9:42 mark, and the
Bulldogs went 9-of-11 from the free throw line while shooting 34.9
percent from the field.
"I wish we could have played a little bit better with them,"
Southwestern coach Todd Thurman said. "But that's OK. I think they
got what they needed out of it."
Not according to Williams.
"From a coaching standpoint, this really wasn't a game that
helped us a lot," Williams said. "Sometimes, in a game like this,
you start to get into bad habits. We were going so easy and,
defensively, we kind of took it lightly on the rotation to the weak
side. They drove a few times. They scored 77 points and we really
thought that was too many."
Oklahoma State's margin of victory and point total were
partially due to Sutton's lack of substitution options. Oklahoma
State has only nine scholarship players and Sutton wants to
redshirt the Cowboys' two walk-ons. Freshman Obi Muonelo broken his
ankle earlier this season, and Harris' absence left the Cowboys
with a particularly thin bench.
Cooper, a sophomore center, made his second start of the season,
with Monds and former walk-on Tyler Hatch coming off the bench.
"I guess other people would be upset, but you understand the
situation," Thurman said. "He had no choice. ... I was worried
sick that something was going to happen to one of his kids. Thank
God they got out of it and they can go to Baylor."
Curry said the Cowboys did learn one lesson after tempers on
both sides flared at times during the second half.
"Keep a cool head," he said. "Maybe later on, you'll be in a
physical game, and you need to keep your head, because we're
limited on the bench, so everything is magnified, regardless of
whether it's against Southwestern Oklahoma State or a Big 12
Harris had started every game for Oklahoma State this season,
averaging 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. He has a non-displaced
orbital rim and floor fracture, according to consulting doctor
Donald Crawley. Crawley said he did not think Harris' injury would
require surgery but it would be re-evaluated once the swelling
Harris' availability for the Cowboys' game against Baylor is
uncertain, although Williams said that he thinks Harris will be
able to play.