Woodward, Okla. —
By Derek Brown
CNHI News Service
The Cowboys’ final non-conference game could be classified as a dunk show. Oklahoma State threw down 11 dunks in their 92-66 beat down against Robert Morris.
The Cowboys improved to 12-1 on the year after the big win at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday night. Oklahoma State showed its balance and that the Cowboys possess an unselfish basketball team. The Cowboys had 27 assists and had four players in double-digits scoring. OSU also had two players with nine points.
“We have different guys that can score. We have different guys on our team that has the ability to score in different ways. We’re not just necessarily reliant on one or two guys,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said.
From the opening tip the No. 6 ranked Cowboys controlled the game thoroughly. Oklahoma State was able to get out on the break and outscored the Colonials 29-11 in fast break points and 40-18 in the paint.
“We found each other too. 27 assists is big and I’d really like to keep that up,” Oklahoma State junior Brian Williams said.
Phil Forte drained five 3-pointers and made five free throws for a game-high 20 points. Markel Brown dropped in 18, Brian Williams had 12 and Kamari Murphy scored 10 points. Both Marcus Smart and Stevie Clark had nine points. Clark added nine assists and Smart had eight.
“It’s one of the most unselfish games I’ve seen,” Ford said.
Being Christmas Break the loud, cheering crowd of 9,514 on Monday surprised the Cowboys.
“It’s nice to see that. The more people we have in Gallagher I think the more energy we play with. It’s always nice to look out there and see a bunch of people out there,” Forte said.
For the Cowboys the future is unclear for Michael Cobbins. The center only played three minutes against Robert Morris before leaving with an injury and did not return.
“I doesn’t look good. We’ll know more (Tuesday),” Ford said.
If Cobbins is out for anytime at all, the Cowboys will have to move around much of their lineup.
“It’s going to require everybody, collectively,” Ford said. “Everybody is going to have to step it up.”
The Cowboys came into the game focused for a couple of reasons. Oklahoma State was not going to take Robert Morris lightly after the Colonials beat Kentucky last year in the first round of the NIT. Another reason the Cowboys came out ready to play was because it is their final game before getting into Big 12 play.
“Every game is important but every game definitely means a little bit more when we come around in conference play,” Williams said. “We just have to be consistent every game.”
The Cowboys are looking towards Kansas State on Jan. 4, for their conference opener.
“We play in the toughest league in America. Personally I don’t think there’s a close second,” Ford said.
Derek Brown is a sports reporter for the Stillwater NewsPress
Woodward, Okla. —
By Derek Brown
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