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
Boomers drop games in area finals
Woodward boys fall to Tulsa McLain, girls to Mount Saint Mary.
Boomer teams step closer to state tournament
STILLWATER - One more win is all that separates the Woodward High School basketball teams from the Class 4A State Tournament.
State Tournament Scores
Results and upcoming games at the Class A and B state tournaments in Oklahoma City.
Woodward teams win Thursday
Boomers look to keep playoff run going Friday
Boomer teams advance to area
ENID – Both Woodward teams moved on to the Class 4A Area 1 basketball tournament with victories here Saturday afternoon.
WHS boys win district championship
Ninth-ranked Woodward turned away Blackwell's upset bid to post a 57-46 victory in the 4A District 1 basketball championship at Boomer Fieldhouse Saturday night.
Boomers set for Class 4A playoffs
Woodward joins the basketball playoffs Saturday night with district competition at Boomer Fieldhouse
The Boomers are hosting Blackwell in the Class 4A Area 1, District 1 tournament, the first step in a 3 week process to determine the 8 teams that will advance to the state tournament.
Heat rout Thunder in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY— After missing the previous 26 games with a knee injury, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook chose to make his return to the lineup against the defending champion Miami Heat. He said before the game that he still hasn’t gotten past losing to them two years ago in the NBA Finals.
Boomers earn All-Conference honors
Woodward was well-represented on the Western Conference All-Star team announced Wednesday by league coaches.
Regional matchups feature top teams
As the basketball playoffs reach the regional stage for the state's smaller school, some high-quality matchups are already on tap in Area 1.
- More Sports Headlines
- Boomers drop games in area finals