"We expect him to play Saturday. I'll be surprised if he doesn't," Cowboy assistant coach Jimmy Williams said while meeting with members of the media after the 129-77 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State.
With Harris unavailable the Cowboys used just seven players against the Division II Bulldogs. Tyler Hatch, the former walk-on who had never played more than 19 minutes in a game, was on the court for 30 minutes against the Bulldogs. The 6-6 junior finished with a career-high five points and tied a career high with five rebounds.
"It was definitely tough," Cowboy Kenny Cooper said when asked about playing with just seven players. "We were all tired but we had to suck it up and get it done. They played a lot of guards so us big men were tired because we had to guard their guards. We just had to suck it up and move our feet."
Williams said, "Our guys have become tougher than what we were at the beginning of the season. These guys are on the floor the whole time and barely have anybody to sub, so physically and mentally they are a lot tougher than they were a year ago. I don't think (fatigue) will be a problem. The problem you are always concerned about is getting into foul trouble in a game situation where you don't have a lot on the bench."
Wipe Santa Fe out of Record Book
The 129-point performance by the Cowboys surpasses the previous record of 127 points scored in OSU's 127-87 win over Santa Fe on Dec. 3, 1977. The win over Santa Fe improved the Cowboys to 3-0 in Jim Killingsworth's first year as head coach, but the Cowboys would only go 7-16 the rest of the season.
"We had a lot of fun tonight setting the record," said JamesOn Curry. "It is fun running the court and throwing up alley-oops. Even though we did a lot of great things, we still could have done better in other areas. The point is we are having fun. If we are not having fun then there is no point of playing the game."
Boggan-Curry Team Up
The duo of Mario Boggan (36 points) and JamesOn Curry (31) became just the second pair of Cowboys to score 30 or more points in the same game. Fred Burley (35), Brooks Thompson (33) and Bryant Reeves (31) all scored 30 or more points against Oral Roberts on March 4, 1993.
Cowboys Win Battle of the Boards
The bigger and more physical Cowboys easily won the battle of the boards against Southwestern Oklahoma State – 54 rebounds to 28. The 54 rebounds are the most by the Cowboys since the 2001-02 season when they grabbed 54 in back-to-back games against Jackson State (Dec. 8, 2001) and Northwestern State (Dec. 17, 2001).
Dove Joins the Three-Point Crowd
Marcus Dove hit a three-pointer with 3:19 remaining in the first half to put the Cowboys up 47-27. He became the final Cowboy of the season to make a trey. It was also the first three-pointer that he had made in more than two years - he made his only other career three-pointer on Dec. 21, 2004 as a redshirt freshman in OSU's 92-35 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State.
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