Boggan Leads Way In Bash

STILLWATER – Mario Boggan scored a game-high 14 points – including seven consecutive midway through the second half – to lead the Black team to a one-point victory over the Orange in front of about 10,000 Cowboy fans during the annual Basketball Bash on Saturday afternoon.

The Cowboy senior scored seven points in a row after the Black team fell behind 24-19. But the seven-point run, including a three-pointer that capped it, helped turn the tide and Kenny Cooper's dunk on an alley-oop pass from Byron Eaton with six seconds remaining proved to be the difference maker as the Black won the 20-minute game by the score of 32-31.

Boggan led all scorers with 14 points and also contributed a game-high six rebounds. Eaton finished with six points and six assists, while Cooper and Terrel Harris both contributed six points.

For the Orange team, David Monds led the way with 11 points while JamesOn Curry (10), Marcus Dove (8) and walk-on Andy Shaw (2) also scored.

"They were a lot better this morning in practice. We had about almost an hour and 45 minutes workout that was pretty intense. It was nonstop, so I knew they were going to be a little bit tired, and it was a little bit methodical," Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton said. "There were some good things. I didn't think the overall play was as good as we've been playing. We made some nice passes, got some easy baskets."

Monds was 5 of 5 from the field and had one assist for the Orange team. Dove was 4 of 6 shooting with four steals and two rebounds. Curry made 4 of 11 shots and added five rebounds.

Recruits Take In Bash
Two of the nation's top high school recruits and a third player who has already committed to the Cowboys are making their official visits this weekend, and sat behind the OSU bench during the Basketball Bash. Jai Lucas of Houston (Bellaire), Texas, and James Anderson of Junction City, Ark., are two of the top recruits in the nation. Lucas, the younger brother of former Cowboy John Lucas, is ranked the 46th best prospect (and seventh-best point guard), while Anderson is the No. 24 prospect (and fourth-best small forward) in's rankings.

Also making an official visit this weekend was Jenks (Okla.) standout Nick Sidorakis, who was accompanied by his parents. Sidorakis committed to the Cowboys early in the summer, and is expected to sign next month.

Two other high school standouts -- both underclassmen -- in guard Keiton Page of Pawnee (Okla.) High School and post player Daniel Orton of Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness) made unofficial visits to Stillwater, and watched the Bash. Orton is the younger brother of former Cowboy Terrence Crawford.

Cowboys Open With Iba Drill
The Cowboys did the Iba drill during warm ups prior to the scrimmage. The drill, named after former Cowboy head coach Henry Iba, has each player standing underneath the basket taking a charge. The player then jumps to his feet and dives for a loose ball rolling on the floor, and he then jumps up and goes to the basket where two managers are holding pads and beat on the player as he attempts to score from near the basket.

"We want to send a message to everybody," Sean Sutton said. "I thought last year's team did not defend like our teams of the past, and did not reflect the toughness that this program is known for. We set the stage early with this team that we're going to get back to playing that way. Yeah, we may play a little bit faster and we may press a little bit more but we're still committed to playing tough, physical defense and (being) tough-minded."

Boggan-Sadiq Win Three-Point Contest
Seniors Mario Boggan and Rashidat Sadiq teamed up to win the three-point shooting contest. Boggan and Sadiq made a combined 20 three-pointers during the 40-second time period to defeat freshmen Byron Eaton and Andrea Riley in the finals. Boggan made 14 and Sadiq drilled six for 20, while Eaton (11) and Riley (7) finished with 18.

The four teams competing in the contest, which paired a Cowboy with a Cowgirl with both shooting for 40 seconds on separate goals, were: Boggan-Sadiq, Eaton-Riley, Terrel Harris-Rita Kollo, and JamesOn Curry-Christiana Fox. The pairs of Boggan-Sadiq (24) and Eaton-Riley (22) advanced over Harris-Kollo (20) and Curry-Fox (17).

Boggan made 15 three-pointers in the first round, and then drained 14 more in the finals.

"Mario can shoot. He can shoot the lights out of the ball," Curry said of his teammate.

Eaton Taking The Weight Off
Point guard Byron Eaton said following Saturday's scrimmage that he has lost 14 pounds – he's down to 220 pounds after starting practice at 234 pounds just seven days ago.

"He's worked hard to get it off," Sean Sutton said. "One thing this year is he never gets to come out of practice. He's constantly out there, and that's probably helped him. He's already better, but he'll be a lot better as practices move forward because he's learning… but I think getting his weight down will make a big difference in terms of his speed and quickness."

Brown's Status Still Undecided?
Senior point guard Jamaal Brown's name was not listed on the roster that was distributed to the media at the Basketball Bash, and he is not listed in the Oklahoma State basketball media guide. But that does not mean anything, according to Sean Sutton.

"Not yet," was Sutton's response when asked if a decision had been made on the status of Brown, who has been suspended since late in the summer.

Hood Leads Black To Victory
Christian Hood scored six points as the Black team outscored the White 13-3 in the second half of the Cowgirl scrimmage. The Black team trailed 8-2 at halftime but took control in the six-minute second half. Hood led the Black team with six points and five rebounds. Others scoring for the Black squad were freshman point guard Andrea Riley 4, Shaunte Smith 3, and Rashidat Sadiq 2. Scoring for the White team were Rita Kollo 5, Maria Cordero 2, Danielle Green 2, Destanie Sykes 2.

The highlight of the women's scrimmage was at halftime when Riley, the freshman point guard from Lincoln High School in Dallas, was asked who was the team's best player. "I'm not one to toot my own horn but ‘toot, toot,'" Riley said.

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