Cowboys Lose A Tough One To Aggies

Nothing went right for the Cowboys on Saturday in College Station, leading to a hard-to-explain result in Aggieland.

The Cowboys followed up their surprising upset of No. 2 Missouri by laying an egg in their 76-61 loss to Texas A&M; a game which the Aggies won going away.

It marked the Cowboys' 14th-straight Big 12 road loss and this one came against a struggling Aggie side that was missing two starters, seniors Kris Middleton (12.4 points, 5.4 boards and 2.4 assists) and Dash Harris (5.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg).

The mix-and-match A&M lineup got substantial boosts from walkon Zach Kinsley (1.5 ppg) and freshman Jordan Green (3.3 ppg) and Daniel Alexander (1.7 ppg), who combined for 27 points to rout the Pokes.

The Cowboys, who are already limited in depth, received a blow when Philip Jurick suffered a sprained left foot in practice on Friday and could not play in the game.

That lack of depth was further amplified by an extremely tightly officiated game at Reed Arena. The Cowboys were in an early groove, at one point holding a seven-point first-half lead, before fouls started to pile up and coach Travis Ford and his staff had to start playing games with their lineups.

When the foul count started to get really bad, OSU was forced to play back a bit defensively. The Aggies were forced to do the same with fouls riddling their limited team, but there was one major difference between the two in the second half — A&M made shots and the Cowboys didn't.

The Aggies (12-8, 3-5 Big 12) shot 58.3 percent for the game, including 59.3 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3 in the second half. Oklahoma State (10-11, 3-5) shot 37.9 percent for the game but just 33.3 from the floor and 9.1 from 3 in the second.

As much attention as the officiating was getting, it affected both teams equally. It was poor shooting that took the Cowboys out of contention.

Markel Brown was a bright spot for OSU with 19 points and six rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-for-4 from 3. Brian Williams also had a solid outing with 14 points, making 5-of-10 shots from the floor, along with five rebounds and zero turnovers.

LeBryan Nash followed up his breakout 27-point game with 13 against A&M on 5-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds and four turnovers. Nash disappeared a little bit for OSU in the second half after scoring six of his points in a two-minute stretch midway through the first half. He didn't score the final 6:53 of the game.

Even more limited than Nash was senior Keiton Page. Page scored nine points but struggled mightily from the floor, making just two of his 13 shots and went 1-for-8 from 3.

The Cowboys will get another shot, and perhaps their best shot, to end the road woes when they travel to take on Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Lubbock. The Red Raiders are 7-13 overall and fell to 0-8 in Big 12 play with a 13-point loss to Missouri on Saturday.

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