The Cowboys hadn't played Northwestern Oklahoma State from Alva, Okla., since before the first World War and had won two of the three meetings. After Tuesday night's resounding 92-35 win the Cowboys are 3-1 against the Rangers and they feel a little bit better about their seldom used big men, Franz Steyn, Aaron Pettway, and David Monds.
The game was over early thanks to a 19-0 run through the middle of the first half and a three-point barrage to start the second half that led to a school-record 15 treys on 23 attempts. Joey Graham, John Lucas and freshman JamesOn Curry had four three-pointers each while Daniel Bobik added two and Marcus Dove hit the only trey he attempted.
Seven-footer-plus Franz Steyn started the game at center and had an early block on defense and then made three of his first four shots from the floor. He finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals including a ball he dove on the floor to get and then quickly passed to teammate Terrence Crawford for a slam dunk to make the score 37-12 Oklahoma State at the end of that 19-0 OSU run.
"I thought Franz did a good job in the first half," said head coach designate Sean Sutton. "I thought Aaron played maybe the best game he's played since he's been here. He had great energy at both ends. Anytime guys get a chance to play in a game situation and have success it's a big positive. Hopefully, they can go home and feel good about themselves and come back ready to help the team."
However, it was the junior college transfer from Hutchinson (Kans.) Community College, the 6-10 Pettway that really made head coach Eddie Sutton smile. Pettway used his long arms to steal a pass away at midcourt and then he took it in for a high-flying slam dunk. It was part of Pettway's six point, two rebounds, four blocks, and four steals effort. After that play Sutton really did smile big.
"He was happy," said Sean Sutton of his father after the Pettway steal and slam. "This is a special time of year and he always likes to feel good at Christmas time and the way these guys played tonight made him feel good."
"I didn't see it at all," said Pettway of the smile on Sutton's face. "He just said good play," added Pettway of how Sutton greeted him the next time out.
Pettway was enthused, as were all the big post players, over the extra opportunity in the game.
"This gives us a platform to show coach that we should be in there and part of the rotation and play more minutes," he said. "We had the chance to get out there and do things tonight that prove we can play more."
Tuesday night was really the start of an emphasis on trying to develop big players that will be ready to help when the Cowboys match up with bigger teams in the Big 12 and then in NCAA Tournament play. All three of the players are battling for the same minutes, but all three realize that they have to help each other so one or more of them can help the team.
"We're not really against each other in practice, we're always trying to help each other out," said Pettway of the relationship between the three post players. "When we're on different teams in practice, it's real competitive, but we want to help each other too. It's kind of a love/hate relationship in practice."
Besides the three-pointers and Pettway's little slam highlight there was plenty of showtime on display as the Cowboys had the Rangers outmatched. Joey Graham and John Lucas led the Cowboys with 21 points. JamesOn Curry had 14 points, 11 of those coming in the second half. The Cowboys out rebounded Northwestern 42-27 and outshot the Rangers from the field 55 percent to 27 percent. It was that dominant.
The team will now have until Christmas night at 6 p.m. off. They are expected back then for the first practice to get ready for next Tuesday's showdown with 13th-ranked Gonzaga.
Cowboys Dominate<br>In 92-35 Victory
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