Cowboys Fall In Norman

It can only mean one of two things when you have to talk about all-time records being set in a game. It can either be a great thing or a disaster. In Oklahoma State's case it was certainly the latter on Wednesday night.

The first half of OSU's 77-64 loss to Oklahoma was abysmal in nearly every way as the Cowboys dropped their eighth straight in Norman. The Cowboys trailed at the half 30-12. The 12 points were the fewest for the team in Big 12 history.

Some of the first half numbers rub salt even deeper into the wound. OSU shot eight percent from the field in the first eight minutes of the game and didn't make its second shot of the game until there was just 6:42 remaining in the half. OSU scoring leaders Keiton Page and Le'Bryan Nash combined to shoot 2-for-15. The Cowboys had four made baskets (on 24 attempts) against nine turnovers.

It appeared the rout was on but the Cowboys came out with some fire in the second half, although not enough to ultimately circumvent an abhorrent 12-point first half.

OSU scored 27 points in the opening seven minutes to slice the Sooner lead to 42-39. But after two missed 3's that could have tied the game, OU answered with a 9-0 run of its own that seemed to deliver the knockout punch for the evening.

"We were back in it, but I knew it took a lot to get back there, though," coach Travis Ford said. "That's what made your shoulders slump. That took a lot out of us."

OSU's second half was impressive in several ways but like Ford said, there just wasn't enough left in the tank to overcome the team's terrible start. OSU scored its most points in a half this season with 52 but the Sooners scored 47 of their own to offset the efforts.

The main reason for the Cowboys' surge was Page. Coming off a 40-point outing against Texas, Page scored just three points in the first half but poured in 26 in the second, including hitting six of his final seven shots — all from behind the 3-point line — to finish with a game-high 29.

With those 29 points, Page jumped a whopping four spots on the school's career scoring chart. He passed Ronnie Daniel (1,519), Ivan McFarlin (1,526), Randy Rutherford (1,541) and Matt Clark (1,542) to jump into seventh all-time with 1,543 points.

The nine 3's he made against the Sooners were the second most all-time for a Cowboy, trailing only Randy Rutherford's 11 against Kansas in 1995.

Brian Williams scored 11 for the Cowboys, including nine in the team's early second-half surge. Nash was the only other Cowboy to score in double figures with 10 but he did it on just 3-of-15 shooting.

Markel Brown had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Michael Cobbins had two points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Cezar Guerrero chipped in four points and three assists off the bench.

All in all, OSU dropped to 13-15 on the season and 6-9 in league play. The Sooners ended a six-game losing streak to improve to 14-13 overall and 4-11 in the conference.

"We were on the road against a determined basketball team," Ford said. "I'm disappointed in how we played, but I'm not upset with our team."

Weird stat: OSU actually shot better ... and more ... from the 3-point line than it did from inside it. OSU made 9-of-29 (31 percent) from inside the arc and 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) from behind it. The 31 3-point attempts is a season high.


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