Ragged Cowboys Get Fifth Win

It wasn't pretty but it was a win – and it allowed Sean Sutton to become the first basketball coach in Oklahoma State's history to win his first five games as head coach. The Cowboys jumped out to a 7-0 lead and were never seriously threatened in defeating Southern 75-59 on Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mario Boggan led four Cowboys in double figures with 21 points.

Stat line of the game: Mario Boggan: 8-10 FG, 0-2 3FGs, 5-5 FTs, 21 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover.

Player of the game: Boggan did a little bit of everything on a night when the Cowboys looked ragged with their fourth game in the last seven nights. The 6-foot-7 senior entered the game averaging 21.8 points, and scored 21. He scored the Cowboys' first four points of the game as they built a 7-0 lead before the Jaguars even scored. Boggan was 8-of-10 from the field – his only misses being from behind the three-point line – and was perfect on all five of his free throws. Boggan has now made 23 free throws in a row, and is 34 of 41 from the charity stripe this season.

The game was over when …: the Cowboys went on a 12-0 run over a 2:08 stretch midway through the first half. Southern had pulled within 13-11 on Joe Holliday's three-pointer with 13:19 remaining. The Cowboys then played some of their best basketball of the game. Mario Boggan hit a baseline jumper, Byron Eaton followed with a steal and lay up, Eaton then converted a traditional three-point play, Obi Muonelo followed with his own traditional three-point play, and then Muonelo followed with a steal and lay up and the Cowboy lead was 25-11 before the Jaguars knew what hit them.

Quote of the game: "That was one of the most disappointing and most embarrassing performances that we've ever had in the time we've been at Oklahoma State. I really thought our team did not have much emotion, did not play with any energy throughout the game. As a result, it was a very poor performance on our part. They may be a little tired (with playing their fourth game in seven days) but in my mind that's no excuse not to play hard, especially in an atmosphere like this. The thing I told them afterwards is they don't know how lucky they are - how fortunate they are - to have the fans we have here. You look around at these box scores of other teams from elite conferences at their attendance this time of the year and that's what's frustrating. They have an opportunity to go out and play in the best atmosphere in college basketball in front of the best fans and to perform like they did tonight is not acceptable." – Sean Sutton

Next: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, vs. Auburn at the South Padre Invitational, South Padre, Texas.

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