Cowboys Bounce Ball State

The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 11-0 – the best start since the 2001-02 team opened with 13 consecutive wins – with an impressive 75-56 victory over Ball State in the first game of the San Diego SLAM on Saturday. Mario Boggan led the 22nd-ranked Cowboys with 24 points and was joined in double figures by JamesOn Curry (13 points), David Monds (10) and Terrel Harris (10).

Stat line of the game: Mario Boggan: 10-14 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 2-3 FTs, 24 points, 6 rebounds, 0 turnovers.

Player of the game: Boggan was just too much for the Cardinals as he finished with a game-high 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field. The 6-8 senior scored six of the Cowboys' first nine points, and had 10 points in the first half. Boggan has struggled with his outside shot despite being what Sean Sutton calls one of the team's best shooters. But he stepped up with a big-time three-pointers – breaking a streak of 13 consecutive misses from behind the line – when he sank a 25-footer as the shot clock was about to expire early in the second half to give the Cowboys a 43-23 lead. The OSU senior added another three-pointer later in the second half.

The game was over when …: the Cowboys went on a 10-1 run over the last four minutes of the first half and then Terrel Harris and his teammates scored the first eight points of the second half to give Oklahoma State a 43-23 lead. Ball State, which entered the game with a 3-5 record, actually led 19-18 with 7:30 remaining in the first half before OSU took control and went on the 25-4 run. Back-to-back JamesOn Curry three-pointers gave the Cowboys the lead after falling behind 19-18. The Cowboys then scored the final eight points of the first half and the first eight points of the second half – a Harris three-pointer, a steal and lay up by Harris and then a long-range 25-foot three-pointer by Mario Boggan as the shot clock was about to expire.

Quote of the game: "Those are two of the most critical areas in a game. Right at the end you can seize the momentum going in at halftime and reestablish the momentum coming out. I told our guys at the under eight-minute timeout that we have got to go into the half on a run and then start the second half by coming out and break their spirit and get it up to 20 points, and that's what they did. They're getting more mature in different aspects of the game, and they realize those two areas are very critical, much like finishing the game out and starting the game out. Those are the four- or five-minute segments that coaches talk about all the time." – Sean Sutton on OSU's 10-1 run to end the first half and 8-0 run to open the second half

Next: vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn. (ESPN2)

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