Longhorns Whip Cowboys

Eddie Sutton warned his Oklahoma State basketball team they had better be prepared to play when the Cowboys faced fifth-ranked Texas on Monday night in Austin. The Cowboys weren't and the Longhorns showed why they are one of the few teams capable of winning the national championship in capturing an 80-46 victory at the Erwin Center. The 34-point loss equals the largest losing margin by an Eddie Sutton-coached team in his 16 years at Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys, now 12-7 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12, took a 2-0 lead on Mario Boggan's basket just 16 seconds into the game but the Longhorns scored the next seven points and were en route to their 17th victory in 19 games. Texas improved to 5-0 in the Big 12, and have won those five games by an average margin of 28 points.

"I don't think we've ever had a team play any worse than this ballclub did tonight. Texas is a very good basketball team and we would have had to play almost a perfect game in order to beat them, but it was disappointing our lack of competitive spirit," said Cowboy head coach Eddie Sutton, who also lost at Texas by 34 points (92-58) on Jan. 4, 1997.

"We told them when we came out at halftime that we could still win the game but we'd have to play better defense and not turn the ball over. We cut it down to 11 and I think we had four different times to come down and get it under double figures and then they might have felt a little pressure but that didn't happen. It just kinda snowballed from that point on," Sutton said. "We just have to go back and see if we can't get these guys playing more like they were earlier in the year. I said this before, I can't believe that one player like Marcus (Dove) makes that much difference in our defense, but it sure does."

OSU's three leading scorers – Boggan (14.2 points), Torre Johnson (13.1) and JamesOn Curry (13.0) – finished with just 14 points -- 26 below their averages -- and made just 5 of 19 shots from the field. Johnson scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting, Boggan had 4 points but was 1-of-5 shooting, and Curry contributed 4 points on 1-of-8 shooting. As a team, the Cowboys shot 34 percent from the field – their worst shooting night of the season.

One bright spot for the Cowboys was the play of David Monds, who recorded the second double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. "I thought that David, in the second half, did compete hard," Sutton said. "We told him at halftime he's got to rebound with two hands, and not one, and he started doing that and ended up with a double-double."

The Cowboys won't return to action again until Saturday when they travel to Texas Tech to face the Bobby Knight-coached Red Raiders. Tip-off in the ESPN Regional telecast is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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