Cowboys Look To Extend Win Streak To 40

Eddie Sutton and the Oklahoma State Cowboys put their 39-game winning streak against nonconference opponents inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on the line Friday night when they host Texas-Arlington in the 2005-06 season opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The Cowboys are expected to start the following players:
G: 00 Byron Eaton, 5-11, 215, Fr. (7.0 points, 5.0 assists)
G: 24 JamesOn Curry, 6-3, 190, So. (20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds)
F: 4 Mario Boggan, 6-7, 235, Jr. (14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds)
F: 55 Torre Johnson, 6-6, 215, Jr. (9.0 points, 2.0 rebounds)
C: 50 Aaron Pettway, 6-10, 240, Sr. (6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds)

The Cowboys won two exhibition games by an average of 32.5 points (107-64 vs. Oklahoma City University and 84-62 vs. Oklahoma Christian University) last week in preparation for Friday night's opener against Texas-Arlington, which has already played three games and has a 1-2 record. The Mavericks opened the season with a 76-65 loss to Miami, Fla., before defeating Northern Arizona, 68-59, in the BCA Classic in Seattle, Wash. UTA lost to UNC-Greensboro 61-39 in their final game.

Oklahoma State is coming off a 26-7 season, but only four players return from that Cowboy team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. And, only sophomore guard JamesOn Curry played extensively a year ago.

Eight newcomers (five high school signees and three junior college transfers) are expected to get playing time against Texas-Arlington. Only seven of those have ever played in a NCAA Division I game before in their lives. Freshmen who will see the court for the Cowboys are Eaton, Terrel Harris, Roderick Flemings, Keith Brumbaugh and Kenny Cooper. Brumbaugh will be seeing the floor for the first time after missing the two exhibition games with a shoulder injury. Also, junior college transfers Johnson (Garden City, Kan., C.C.), Boggan (Chipola College) and Jamaal Brown (College of Southern Idaho) are also expected to contribute. Boggan is the only one to have ever played in a major college game having played sparingly as a freshman at Florida several years ago before transferring to Chipola.

It's been nearly seven years since OSU has lost a nonconference game on its home court. Florida Atlantic stunned an 11th-ranked Cowboy team 83-81 on Dec. 1, 1998. The Cowboys have won 118 of their last 119 nonconference games played inside Gallagher-Iba Arena dating back to Jan. 7, 1987.

The Cowboys have not allowed more than 66 points in 34 of their last 36 home nonconference games with Eddie Sutton on the bench.

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