Cowboys Suffer Another Two-Point Loss

Five times prior to Saturday the outcome of an Oklahoma State basketball game has come down to the last possession. It was no different Saturday afternoon against Texas A&M as Aggie center Joseph Jones hit a 12-foot jumper with 1.1 second remaining for a 46-44 victory over the Cowboys at College Station, Texas. It was OSU's fifth two-point loss – all decided on the game's last possession – of the season.

The Cowboys had rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit to pull even at 44-44 with Mario Boggan's basket with just over two minutes to play. OSU had a chance to take the lead after Jones missed two free throws with 54 seconds remaining in the game, but Jamaal Brown's running jumper in the lane was off the mark. A&M rebounded and worked for the last shot, which Jones made over Boggan and Kenny Cooper as the Aggies broke a 12-game losing streak to the Cowboys.

The Cowboys, playing without head coach Eddie Sutton who remained in Stillwater after being involved in an automobile accident Friday, are now 13-11 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12. The team was led by associate head coach Sean Sutton.

"This was a grinder, not any question about that. Both teams struggled to score the basketball," Sean Sutton said. "I thought it was by far our best defensive effort that we've played with in a long time. We really got after it in the second half, (and) held them to 26 percent shooting.

"But offensively we struggled all day long," he continued. "We didn't execute as well as we need to. We missed some easy shots that you've got to make, (and) there late in the game we had the ball on three possessions – Jamaal walks out front, JamesOn makes a veery poor decision with the basketball and tries to throw it across the court (and its intercepted), and then late Jamaal makes a good play by driving it in there and can't finish the shot."

It's amazing the Cowboys even had a chance late in the game after shooting a season-worst 30.8 percent from the field (making just 12 of 39 shots). They only made four shots from the field in the second half and had just two field goals in the first 14 minutes of the final half. But they kept it close by playing some tough defense and making their free throws (17 of 18 for the game), while the Aggies were missing their free shots (converting just 5 of 12 in the second half).

Even though they limited the Aggies to just three points in the final eight minutes it wasn't enough because the Cowboys couldn't convert on their numerous opportunities on the offensive end.

Marcus Dove had just three points but did an outstanding job of limiting A&M's Acie Law to just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field. This is the same Law who had scored a career-high 35 points against the Cowboys on Jan. 11, and had scored in double figures 19 consecutive games this season.

JamesOn Curry led the Cowboys with 13 points, but was just 4 for 11 shooting. David Monds finished with eight points (2-of-7), while Brown scored 7 (also 2-of-7) and Boggan added 6 (2-of-5).

The Cowboys have also lost two-point games this season to Gonzaga (64-62), Colorado (80-78 in overtime), Texas Tech (92-90 in overtime), and Nebraska (59-57).

"That's five opportunities that we've had chances to win," Sean Sutton said. "You look back to Gonzaga, Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska and now A&M ... In every one of those games we had opportunities to make plays to win the game, and in some cases had leads, (and) that's the difference between being 3-7 (in the Big 12) right now and being 8-2. It's that close. But we've told these guys all year long that in this league, as even as it is, there's going to be a lot of close games. The teams that rise up and make plays at the end are going to be the teams that win."

It doesn't get any easier for Oklahoma State, losers in six of its last seven games, as the Cowboys host Kansas in an ESPN nationally televised Big Monday game at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Jayhawks defeated Iowa State 88-75 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the Big 12.

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