Cooper Leads Cowboys To Win No. 13

The 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys were ragged for the game's first 15 minutes Saturday night but turned it on en route to an easy 84-47 victory over Texas-San Antonio as Kenny Cooper had career-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds. The win was the Cowboys' 13th of the season which ties a school record for the most victories before Jan. 1, set by the 2001-02 team.

OSU stat lines of the game: Kenny Cooper: 6-11 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-3 FT, 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal.
JamesOn Curry: 8-15 FG, 4-9 3FG, 4-4 FT, 24 points, 5 assists, 2 steals.

Player of the game: Kenny Cooper had his third consecutive impressive performance for the Cowboys since Obi Muonelo went down with his broken leg. The 6-9 sophomore center had career-highs of 15 points – including making the first three-pointer of his career – and eight rebounds (including six of OSU's 14 offensive boards). The 15-point, eight-rebound outing comes on the tails of his 12-point, 4-rebound performance against Pittsburgh and an 11-point, 5-rebound performance versus Tennessee.

The game was over when …: when the Cowboys went on a 16-2 run over the last five and a half minutes of the first half to break open a tight game. OSU struggled with the Roadrunners, who are now 4-9, through the first 15 minutes of the game and led just 26-22 with 5:30 remaining. But the Cowboys showed they had the superior athletes with the 16-2 run, which included a pair of slam dunks – one by Kenny Cooper and another rim-rattling jam by Terrel Harris off a steal. The Cowboys then opened up the second half by scoring the first six points to go up 48-24 and the rout was on.

Quotes of the game: "After Obi went down I guess I decided I had to step up. Obi told me. He just said, ‘Coop, man, you've got to step up for me.' So I was like, ‘OK, I'm going to step up for you.'" Kenny Cooper on his improved play since Muonelo's injury
"I think we'll have a chance to win a lot of games. He gives us a true low post presence. His offense is starting to catch up to his defense. Early in the season I thought he was playing well on the defensive end, and probably still plays the best post defense of the three post players that we have. He's just a lot more aggressive. He's looking to post up and get the basketball. He's attacking the offensive glass. He's playing with a smile on his face. He's a tough kid for as nice of a kid as he is, and as young as he is, he's really a tough, competitive guy on the court. I'm happy with the progress he's made, and I think he's just going to keep getting better." Sean Sutton when asked to complete the question, If Kenny keeps playing like this….

Next: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State, at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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