Moses Is Perfect In OSU Victory

TULSA – Marshall Moses did something Wednesday that hasn't been done in the previous 2,546 games played in Oklahoma State history. The 6-7 senior was a perfect 12 of 12 from the field – breaking a school record held by Bryant Reeves, who was sitting a few rows behind the Cowboys bench – en route to scoring a career-high 31 points to lead Oklahoma State to a 71-54 win over Tulsa at the BOK Center.

Moses' performance against the Hurricane comes just four days after he had set a personal best with 30 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds in the Cowboys double overtime win over La Salle on Saturday.

Moses becomes just the third Cowboy player ever to make 100 percent of his shots when attempting at least 10 in a game. Reeves did it twice during his All-American career for the Cowboys, going a perfect 11-for-11 against Oklahoma in 1994 and also making all 10 of his field goal attempts against Tulsa in 1992. But Moses was one shot better than Reeves with his 12-for-12 performance in leading Oklahoma State to its eighth win in nine games this season.

The 12th and final shot – a three-pointer from the top of the key with less than two minutes to play – not only etched Moses name in the OSU record book but also the Big 12's as the best shooting performance in conference history. It was his first three-pointer he had made since his freshman season.

"It feels great for tonight. By tomorrow I probably won't think about it again, I'll think about Missouri State. It feels pretty good," said Moses, who was 12-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line to finish with 31 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of play.

Moses is a big reason the Cowboys shot a season-best 55.3 percent from the field. He was perfect on eight shots and two free throws as OSU built a 35-30 halftime lead. The Cowboys then opened the second half with a 13-2 run to stretch their advantage to 48-32.

Oklahoma State held Tulsa to 40.4 percent shooting, the sixth consecutive game the Cowboys opponent has failed to make 41 percent.

"I was very proud of our defensive effort tonight. I thought our guys were as focused as I've seen them. They prepared well the last couple of days," said Cowboys head coach Travis Ford.

"Obviously we had a great performance by Marshall but the reason we were successful was because of the team effort we had on defense and on rebounding. It was a good overall team effort and I'm just glad to get out of here with a win."

Moses has scored 61 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in OSU's last two games.

"It's amazing in any sport ... it's amazing when you're positive and you've got a good attitude and you worry about just working hard. I really think Marshall's been doing that lately, and good things happen to those type of people," said Ford.

"Marshall, starting five or six months ago, decided he's just going to work hard, decided he's just going to do whatever he can to help our team win, try to be a good leader ... and good things have happened for him. With that said, every day's a new day and we can challenge Marshall every day to continue to be what he's been. I hope he's a guy that has learned from some of his mistakes and he's a guy that has learned from the past, and that's leading to some of his success, I believe.

"Hopefully he'll continue doing it but he can't embrace it, he can't starting thinking he's got this thing figured out. He can't start thinking that it's going to be easy. He's got to stay humble and stay hungry, and just a team guy. He made some tough shots tonight but a great performance by him, no question."

Keiton Page was the only other Cowboy in double figures, finishing with 13 points but Matt Pilgrim (8 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists) also had his best game of the young season.

The Cowboys return to action Saturday night when they host Missouri State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.


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