Cowboys Road Woes Continue

Oklahoma State won three Big 12 road games in Travis Ford's first year as head coach of the Cowboys, and then won two away from Gallagher-Iba Arena last season. Those wins helped the Cowboys earn two consecutive NCAA Tournament trips. But the NCAA tourney streak may be in jeopardy as Oklahoma State suffered a 65-54 loss at Nebraska on Saturday to fall to 0-5 in Big 12 road trips this season.

The Cowboys, now 16-8 overall and 4-6 in conference play, must find a way to win at least one if not more of their final three road games if they want to even think about earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney.

But that's going to be tough.

Oklahoma State's next two road games are against No. 3 Texas, where the Cowboys haven't won since 2004 and have lost six in a row, and then at historic Allen Fieldhouse against No. 2 Kansas, where the Cowboys haven't won since 1989 and have a 14-game losing streak. OSU plays at Texas on Wednesday, and travel to Kansas on Feb. 21. The team's other road game is against Bedlam rival Oklahoma in the final regular season game of the season on March 5.

The Cowboys have now lost this season at Texas A&M (by 23 points), at Colorado (four), at Baylor (19), at Texas Tech (one in overtime), and at Nebraska (11) in Big 12 road games. They are 5-16 in conference road games in Ford's three years as head coach.

Oklahoma State held a 17-16 lead midway through the first half against the Cornhuskers following Keiton Page's three-pointer but the Cowboys scored just three more baskets and Nebraska used a 15-8 run to close out the half to take a 31-25 halftime lead.

The Cowboys struggled to get open shots in the second half, and when they did they failed to make them. Ford's team shot just 30.8 percent (8 of 26) in the second half and the Cornhuskers pulled away, leading by as many as 15.

OSU finished 36.0 percent from the field, including making 5 of 15 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough in their final Big 12 game against Nebraska (44.0 percent from the field, 31.6 percent on three-pointers, and 83.3 percent from the foul line).

Marshall Moses led all scorers with 18 points and added six rebounds, while Page added 14 (although he was just 5 of 13 from the field). The Cowboys were playing their first game without Darrell Williams, who was suspended earlier in the week by Ford after his arrest on sexual assault charges.

The Cowboys tipoff at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a nationally televised game (ESPN2) against the Texas Longhorns, 22-3 overall and 10-0 in Big 12 play following a 69-60 victory over Baylor on Saturday.


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