Cowboys Set Record With 64-Point Win

STILLWATER – To say Marshall Moses was not happy with his performance in Oklahoma State's exhibition opener on would be like saying it's cold in Alaska during February. But the Cowboy senior – and his teammates – made up for a poor showing with Friday night's 102-38 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.), setting a school record with the 64-point margin of victory, the most ever in an exhibition game.

Moses, who was held scoreless and had just two rebounds in Monday night's game with Oklahoma City University, scored the first basket just 20 seconds into the game to begin an 11-0 run to start the game for the Cowboys as they broke the bettered the school record for margin of victory in an exhibition game.

The 6-7 senior was one of four OSU players to score in double figures as the Cowboys broke a record that had stood since a 114-52 victory over Buducnost (Yugoslavia) on Nov. 18, 1997, which ironically was the same year as the beginning of the college coaching career of a 27-year-old named Travis Ford – at Campbellsville.

"We took a step forward tonight but there are many, many steps to go," said Ford. "We were better than we were the first exhibition game. The thing that I like is we improved in some areas that we concentrated on, and that was good to see because our first exhibition game we didn't look like we had practiced much.

"I thought we passed it better, I thought we defended better, I thought we did everything a little bit better but we've still got a long way to go."

Oklahoma State dominated against Campbellsville, coached by Keith Adkins, who was promoted to head coach at the school after being an assistant to Ford when he left to become head coach at Western Kentucky.

The Tigers, ranked 17th in the preseason NAIA poll, made just 5 of 26 shots in the first half (19.2 percent) against the bigger, taller and stronger Cowboys. They made first two-point basket with 26 seconds remaining in the half, and trailed 52-18 at intermission.

The second half wasn't much better as they shot just 20 percent from the field, and were outrebounded 54-33 and turned the ball over 15 times. OSU finished the night shooting 58.3 percent for the floor, compared to Campbellville's 19.7 percent.

The important thing, Ford says, is that Friday night's performance by the Cowboys was much better than Monday night's 86-66 victory over Oklahoma City.

Keiton Page led the way with 14 points, while Jéan-Paul Olukemi added 13, Moses finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Ray Penn contributed 12 points. Four other Cowboys nearly reached double figures – Darrell Williams (9 points and 13 rebounds), Jarred Shaw (9 points and 6 blocks), Brian Williams (9 points in 10 minutes of play), and Markel Brown (9 points).

Moses said he had to play better after his disappointing performance in the exhibition opener when he fouled out after just 14 minutes of action with no points and two rebounds.

"After that loss (sic) we were all pretty disappointed in our play, even Keiton who played pretty decent. We worked hard, practices were harder, and we just made up in our mind that tonight we were going to come out and show who was the better team," said Moses.

When reminded that the Cowboys won by 20 points on Monday night, and that it wasn't a loss, Moses said, "Coach Ford definitely didn't make us feel like we won the game. No knock on OCU ... but it was bad on us. We played terrible. We've practiced better than that and anybody who knows anything about Cowboy basketball knows that that's not how we play."

Moses wanted to redeem himself in the Cowboys final tuneup before opening the season next Saturday, Nov. 13.

"I don't blow off bad games. Goofy isn't the right word. I played terrible Monday. I let my teammates and my coach down. I'm a much better player than that and I lost sleep over it. I had zero points, two rebounds, I think it was, and that's not acceptable," said Moses, who had three of the Cowboys' 14 offensive rebounds.

"Tonight I at least wanted to make sure I came out with energy. It's not about scoring, it's about playing hard and making sure I do the right things for my teammates. My main focus coming into the game was making sure I played ... when it was time for me to sub out to make sure I was out of breath, and I played hard and gave it my all."

OSU will open the regular season against Houston Baptist next Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff will be based on what time the OSU-Texas football game is scheduled next Saturday. If the football game kicks off at 2:30 p.m., the Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams will play a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. (with the women playing first). If the football game begins at 7 p.m., the Cowgirls will tip off at 1 p.m. with the Cowboys immediately afterwards, about 3:30 p.m.

Pilgrim, Franklin, Dowell: Did Not Play
Matt Pilgrim, who returned Wednesday to practice with the team for the first time this season after being suspended, suited up for Friday night's exhibition game but did not play because he is not in shape, Ford said.

"He's just got to get in shape. He's not ready yet," said the OSU head coach. "Once he gets in shape and gets out there to play, then he'll get in there ... but we've got some guys playing good basketball, so it's not like he's going to step in. He's going to have to earn his minutes and get back to doing the things he's capable of doing to help our basketball team.

"But I really like what Jarred's doing right now. I thought Marshall showed a much better performance tonight, and we did a better job of getting him the ball. But Matt can help us when he gets in shape. When that happens, I don't know."

Roger Franklin, who has been nursing an Achilles injury, and Reger Dowell did not play against Campbellsville. Ford said he hopes to have Franklin back at practice as early as Monday. The OSU coach said Dowell sat out after dislocating his pinky finger in practice.

OSU Player Efficiency Ratings vs. Campbellsville
The Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is a detailed formula that rates a player's performance in each game into one number. The PER is determined by using the following formula:
Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks - (Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) - (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) - Turnovers

OSU vs. Campbellsville (in order from best to worst)
Marshall Moses, 20
Jarred Shaw, 19
Darrell Williams, 18
Jean-Paul Olukemi, 17
Mike Cobbins, 12
Keiton Page, 11
Ray Penn, 11
Markel Brown, 9
Fred Gulley, 8
Nick Sidorakis, 7
Brian Williams, 7
Reger Dowell, DNP
Roger Franklin, DNP
Matt Pilgrim, DNP

Here are some examples of how to compare the above numbers:
All-American type performance: 30
All-Big 12 candidate: 20
Solid contributor: 15
In the rotation: 12
Scrounging for minutes: 8


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