Cowboy Basketball Notes

Eddie Sutton was pleased to see that almost 12,000 Cowboy fans were inside Gallagher-Iba Arena supporting the team on Saturday afternoon, and he doesn't take them for granted.

"(It was a) terrific crowd," Sutton said of the 11,723 people who showed up to cheer for the Cowboys. "I don't know if you guys ever look at attendance this time of the year at different sites, (but) nobody has attendance like that. It's really a greatt tribute to our fans to have attendance like that on New Year's Eve afternoon (with) all the football games on television."

Monds, Johnson To Return Against Pepperdine?
David Monds, out nursing a bruised knee, sat on the bench in street clothes while nursing the bruised knee in suffered in Wednesday night's loss at Alabama-Birmingham. Torre Johnson, who was suspended indefinitely this week for undisclosed reasons, suited up Saturday but did not play. Both are expected to make the trip to Pepperdine and could see action.

"Torre is going to play," Sutton said. "David has two days, plus today. It's a bone bruise. It's not going to hurt him to play if he can handle the pain."

Boggan Goes For 27
Mario Boggan scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. He entered the game shooting 62.6 percent from the field, and improved that to 64.6 with Saturday's performance.

"Mario had a terrific game," Sutton said. "He's really good around the basket. He can really score if you get the ball to him near the basket."

All of his 11 baskets except one came from within five feet of the hoop. He was 7-of-10 from the field in the first half and had 15 points at intermission. He was 4 for 4 in the second half, and hit four of five free throws. He had three conventional three-point play opportunities -- where he scored a basket and was fouled -- but was only able to convert one of them.

"I was open. I hit my shots and made my free throws," Boggan said. "I just played harder and ran the floor. I wanted to hit open players also. I could have rebounded a little better."

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