OSU Basketball Notebook

Oklahoma State played Texas even closer than the 58-49 score would indicate in the Cowboys loss in Austin Saturday night but one factor really held OSU back from a realistic shot at winning.

When looking at the box score, the foul count tells a lot of the story. OSU was called for 12 more than the Longhorns (29-17) and with a limited number of players available to begin with, it really hurt.

Both true freshmen, Cezar Guerrero and LeBryan Nash, fouled out with 23 minutes a piece. The Nash fouls were especially damaging because he was a matchup nightmare for the ‘Horns all night when he was on the floor, accounting for 12 of OSU's 49 points and pulling down four rebounds.

Michael Cobbins and Brian Williams tied for the fewest fouls of any Cowboys who received minutes with two each. The low foul tally was evident in their minutes, as they tied for a team-high 37 each.

The fouls resulted in Texas scoring 19 points at the free-throw line. OSU only scored five.

Cobbins and Williams coming on strong

Speaking of Williams and Cobbins, the pair have improved as much as anyone on the team thus far. Cobbins looks much more comfortable than he did the first month of the season and had another strong game against UT with nine point, 10 rebounds and five blocks against a talented front court.

Williams has been especially surprising because of his limited playing time early in the year. He had a career-best — and game high — 16 points against the Longhorns on 7-for-12 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds. This career high came just two games after his previous career night against Virginia Tech where he scored 14.

Williams and Cobbins couldn't have come on strong at a more important time for the Cowboys.

Bedlam quick hits

The Cowboys (8-7, 1-1 Big 12) take on arch rival Oklahoma (10-4, 0-2) at 6 p.m. on Monday in Stillwater. The Sooners were being regarded as one of the nation's most surprising teams after jumping out to a 9-1 start against uninspiring competition but the past few games have pulled expectations back down a little bit. The Sooners' 0-2 start to the conference schedule hasn't been competitive as OU lost to No. 6 Missouri (87-49) and No. 15 Kansas (72-61) by an average of 24.5 points.

The Sooners are led by guard Steven Pledger (18.2 points per game), forward Romero Osby (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and point guard Sam Grooms (7 ppg, 5.5 apg).

The Cowboys have beaten OU two years in a row in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Monday's game is televised on ESPNU.


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