Cowboys Don't Want To Rewrite History

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-8) will be trying to make sure they do not make history when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-6) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Tuesday night in an ESPN Regional telecast that tips off at 7:05 p.m. (Central time). An Eddie-Sutton coached Cowboy team has only lost four games in a row once in the last 16 years, and the 2005-06 edition will be looking to end a three-game losing streak and not equal that mark against the Cornhuskers.

The last time a Sutton-coached Cowboy team lost four games in a row was from Feb. 12-23, 1992, just his second season at Oklahoma State. Who did that team defeat to break the losing skid? Nebraska, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, by the score of 72-51.

The Cowboys have lost three consecutive games on four occasions under Sutton, including their last three to Texas Tech (by two points in overtime), Texas and Colorado (by two points in overtime). They also lost three in a row from Feb. 24-March 5, 2003 (before defeating Texas A&M), from Feb. 6-14, 1999 (before winning at Nebraska) and from Jan. 20-31, 1996 (before defeating Colorado).

Sutton, who remains seven wins shy of his 800th career win, has a 15-8 record against the Cornhuskers as head coach of the Cowboys. The Cowboys have won 31 of 45 games played in Stillwater in the series that dates back to the 1926-27 season.

The Cowboys are led in scoring by a pair of junior college transfers in Mario Boggan (14.1 points) and Torre Johnson (13.0 points). Boggan, the 6-foot-8 transfer from Chipola College in Florida, leads the team in points (281), field-goal percentage (61.4 percent), free-throw percentage (80.8 percent) and blocked shots (15).

If Boggan continues to led the team in both field-goal and free-throw percentage it would be just the seventh time in school history that the same player led the team in both categories. The last Cowboy to do was was Mark Tucker 28 years ago when he shot 54 percent from the floor and 91.2 percent from the foul line.

Johnson is averaging 13.0 points per game while playing just 22.4 minutes. The 6-6 junior from Garden City (Kan.) Community College has come off the bench for the Cowboys in all but one game this season, and is shooting 59.6 percent from the floor.

Nebraska, 3-3 in the Big 12, is expected to be playing without 6-5 guard Joe McCrary, who scored a game-high 22 points in the Cornhuskers' 74-67 upset of the Cowboys a year ago. McCrary averaged a team-high 15.5 points last season but has struggled throughout much of the 2005-06 season, and was suspended indefinitely last week for violation of team rules.

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