Boggan Leads Cowboys To Win No. 3

Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 on the season by scoring 31 points off 27 turnovers by Texas Southern en route to an 86-65 victory on Friday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Four Cowboys scored in double figures with Mario Boggan leading the way with a career-high tying 27 points, while JamesOn Curry contributed 17, Obi Muonelo 14 and Terrel Harris 12.

Stat line of the game: Mario Boggan: 8-12 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 9-9 FTs, 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 34 minutes.

Player of the game: Mario Boggan was nearly unstoppable as the Texas Southern Tigers were no match for the 6-7, 247-pound Cowboy senior. Boggan keyed an 10-0 run in the final 2:18 of the first half with two free throws and a traditional three-point play. He had 12 points at halftime with seven of those coming from the free-throw line. The Tigers learned not to foul him but he scored 15 of the Cowboys' 45 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Boggan entered the game averaging 19.5 points per game but improved that to 23.6 with Friday night's performance.

The game was over when …: the Cowboys went on a 14-0 run over a three and a half minute stretch of the second half. Texas Southern had pulled within 63-54 on Nick Walker's three-pointer with 8:47 remaning, and Cowboy fans were thinking back to Wednesday night's game when Northwestern State rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to pull even. OSU then went on the 14-0 run to put the game away – Byron Eaton hit two free throws, Obi Muonelo drilled a three-pointer, JamesOn Curry sank a free throw, Curry hit a trey, Mario Boggan scored on an alley oop from Eaton, and then Boggan hit a three-pointer from the top of the key.

Quote of the game: "Right now this team plays in spurts. We'll play three or four minutes of good basketball and then play three minutes where we're not very good. But we did some good things tonight. We held them to only four offensive rebounds which is a lot better than we saw on Wednesday night when Northwestern State had 17 offensive rebounds. We were able to force them into 27 turnovers. We had 17 steals (and) 18 assists. We shot the ball well from the three-point line – 11 of 23. We just right now cannot sustain a run where we play at a high level for an extended period. That's a little frustrating right now." – Sean Sutton

Sean Sutton on Byron Eaton (6 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers): "I thought it was the best he's played this year. Now he didn't shoot a lot because he bruised his shoulder yesterday in practice. So he only took three shots. But I thought it was the best he's played in terms of defense, pressuring the basketball, distributing the basketball – he set a lot of guys up for easy baskets. I told him when he gets his shoulder healed he's got to become more aggressive and more assertive on the offensive end. He's a guy that's capable of getting in double figures a lot of nights, and I thought he played harder tonight then he's been playing. A solid game but I know he can play better."

Sean Sutton on Obi Muonelo (14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 assists in 26 minutes: "He's going to be something else. He just has so much energy about him when it comes to the game, and he doesn't dwell on mistakes. If he throws the ball in the stands it just goes right over his head, he's not worried about that. He's thinking about making a positive play the next time down (the floor). He's one of those guys that's active, impacts the game on both ends – has six steals, has eight rebounds. I told him he's got to hit a higher percentage than 4 of 14 (shooting). He's one of the best freshmen that we've had at Oklahoma State and I think he's going to be a really special player before he leaves here."

Next: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, vs. Sam Houston State (counts as first-round game of South Padre Island Invitational), at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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