Johnson, Cowboys Ride The Waves

No, a Pepperdine Wave team which has won just four games this season isn't the caliber of opponent the Oklahoma State Cowboys will face in Big 12 Conference play from here on out but Eddie Sutton entered Tuesday night's nonconference game in Malibu, Calif., just looking for a victory. The Cowboys got Sutton what he was looking for by putting together an outstanding defensive performance in the first half to defeat the Waves 69-49 for their first road win of the 2005-06 season.

Oklahoma State, playing without injured starters David Monds and Marcus Dove, was blown out by Alabama-Birmingham in their first true road test a week ago. So Sutton and his coaching staff didn't know what to expect Tuesday night even though the Cowboys were going up against a Pepperdine team which was just 4-7.

Through the first five minutes – while the Cowboys were making just 1 of their first 10 shots – it appeared Pepperdine was going to give Sutton's squad all it could handle. Pepperdine led 6-3 after five minutes of play but Oklahoma State went on a 17-2 run – holding the Waves without a field goal – over the next seven minutes to take a 20-8 lead.

Oklahoma State began the game 2-of-12 from the field but then made its next 10 shots – three each by Torre Johnson and Jamaal Brown (two of Brown's were three-pointers), two by Roderick Flemings, one by JamesOn Curry and another by Byron Eaton – to extend the lead to 27-11.

The Cowboy defense was outstanding in the first half, allowing Pepperdine to make only 4 of 22 field goals and outrebounding the Waves 23-14 en route to a 21-point (37-16) halftime lead.

Pepperdine used a 6-0 run early in the second half to pull within 17 points but that was the closest it would get the rest of the game.

Johnson, after sitting on the bench to serve a one-game suspension in Sunday afternoon's win over Arkansas State, scored a career-high 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Other Cowboys scoring in double figures were Brown (11 points), Mario Boggan (11) and Curry (10).

The Cowboys, now 10-4, open Big 12 play on Saturday when they travel to Missouri to face the Tigers.

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