Cowboys Keep On Rolling; Improve To 9-0

Mario Boggan and JamesOn Curry each scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures as Oklahoma State defeated Pepperdine 90-74 on Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Freshman Obi Muonelo contributed 16 points (his ninth consecutive game with double figures), while Terrel Harris added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and David Monds chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Stat lines of the game: JamesOn Curry (second half): 9-15 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 3-3 FTs, 22 points; Mario Boggan: 10-14 FGs, 4-4 FTs, 24 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot.

Player(s) of the game: It's a toss up, so we'll let you decide. Was it Curry, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half, or was it Boggan, who recorded his second double-double of the season (24 points, 13 rebounds) and the fourth of his OSU career? Curry, who scored a career-high 35 points on Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, put the Cowboys on his back after the Wave had pulled within five points with just under seven minutes to play. He scored 13 of the Cowboys' final 25 points in the game's last 6:30. But Curry wouldn't have had the chance to do so if not for Boggan, who improved his team-high scoring average to 20.1 per game. The 6-7 senior had 10 points at halftime and scored some crucial points midway through the second half after Pepperdine had twice pulled within five points.

The game was over when …: JamesOn Curry decided he wasn't going to let the Cowboys suffer their first loss of the season. Pepperdine trailed by as many as 22 in the first half but had pulled within 65-60 with just under seven minutes to play but the Cowboys – led by Curry – went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to put the game out of reach. The 6-3 guard hit a jumper in the lane, nailed a three-pointer from right in front of the OSU bench and added a driving basket from in the lane during the run which put the game away.

Quote of the game: "I thought he may have played his most complete game of the season, coming off probably his two worst performances. He did not shoot the ball well against Missouri State, and the other night (against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) I thought he was sluggish and did not have a typical game for Mario. But today you could see from the start that he was alert, he was very focused, he played extremely hard on both ends ... I thought it was the best he's played defense and the best he's rebounded all season long. We knew we had a mismatch in our advantage with him because they didn't have anybody that was strong enough to stop him down low. You've got to give him a lot of credit. He got in there and posted up and our guys found him. He finishes with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. He really played well and showed why he is one of the best players in the Big 12." – Sean Sutton on Mario Boggan

Next: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, vs. Syracuse in the Jimmy V Classic, at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

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