Cyclones Rip Through Cowboys

For 10 minutes Wednesday night it appeared that the Oklahoma State Cowboys were picking up were they left off in Sunday's impressive 21-point victory over sixth-ranked Texas. But after jumping out to an eight-point lead and making eight of their first 12 shots not much else went right for Cowboys in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State used a 17-2 run to close out the first half and the Cyclones went on a 11-2 run in the second half to pull away for a 68-52 victory over the Cowboys at Hilton Coliseum.

The Cowboys were playing their fourth game in a row without head coach Eddie Sutton, who is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to address back and hip problems which have bothered him for the past 18 months.

Oklahoma State, under the direction of head coach designate Sean Sutton, looked like the same team in the first 10 minutes that beat the Texas Longhorns four days earlier. Byron Eaton hit a three-pointer and then JamesOn Curry followed up with a pair of treys as the Cowboys raced out to a 16-8 lead. But the Cowboys would make just two more three-pointers in the game.

"We didn't play anything like we did on Sunday," Sean Sutton said. "We got up 16-8 and then we reverted back. I didn't think we played together, as we did on Sunday. There was too much arguing going on out there on the court. We just did not play with the same passion, and we did not play smart."

The Cowboys – after having just 10 turnovers on Sunday – gave the ball away 24 times against the Cyclones, and made just 5 of 24 three-pointers. They also allowed Iowa State 19 offensive rebounds.

"You can't come into a place like this and turn the ball over 24 times, and almost half of your shots are three-point shots. That's not the way we play at Oklahoma State. We don't take 24 three-point shots in a game," Sean Sutton said. "Then look at the rebounding – they got 19 offensive rebounds to our six. It's disappointing and frustrating because I really felt like we started to turn the corner on Sunday. We played well enough early, and we had a chance to extend that lead to double figures and then the turnovers started, and then I thought our defense softened up."

The Cowboys trailed 31-24 at halftime despite going nearly nine minutes without scoring a point in the first half. But OSU rallied and pulled within 45-40 on Torre Johnson's turnaround jumper with 9:12 left in the game, and had a chance to pull closer on the Cowboys next possession but turned the ball over. They would never get closer than five the rest of the way.

"It was 45-40 and we got the ball back and actually we were trying to set up the shot for Jamaal to shoot the shot he had against Texas, and JamesOn threw a flat pass and they went down and we had to foul," Sean Sutton said. "We just didn't capitalize on our opportunities. That's disappointing but we've got another game on Saturday. We'll go back and regroup and hopefully give a better performance against Texas Tech."

OSU, now 14-13, is tied for 10th place with Missouri in the Big 12 standings with a 4-9 record in conference play. Iowa State improves to 15-11 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12.

The Cowboys have just three regular season games remaining – Saturday vs. Texas Tech at Gallagher-Iba Arena, at Oklahoma next Monday (Feb. 27) and at home vs. Baylor on Saturday, March 4.

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