Ouch! Cowboys Whipped By Aggies

STILLWATER – The OSU Cowboys are seeing the basketball season slowly slip away from right in front of their eyes. In a display which had OSU fans booing their team and saw thousands of Cowboy fans leave midway through the second half, eighth-ranked Texas A&M rolled to an easy 66-46 victory on a night that legendary coach Eddie Sutton was recognized at halftime of the Big 12 Conference game.

The 20-point loss was the most lopsided home defeat for the Cowboys in nearly 30 years - since a 108-87 loss to Texas on Dec. 12, 1977.

Oklahoma State has now lost five of its last six games – by an average margin of 16 points – and the Cowboys are watching their NCAA Tournament disappear in the process. The Cowboys, now 19-8 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play, have four games remaining in the regular season.

"We played good defense early. We had some easy shots that we missed and then we got down a little bit," Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton said. "When you aren't making shots, sometimes your energy level goes down at the defensive end a little bit. Our defense let down there for a period and they were able to push the lead up to double digits.

"I'm just disappointed that we didn't play well. We practiced well for three days and everyone understood what was at stake tonight, and what a great opportunity this was to beat an excellent basketball team. We just didn't do it," Sutton continued.

The Cowboys, as has been the practice during the skid throughout February, fell behind 3-0 and could never catch the Aggies. OSU missed 10 of its first 11 shots but still just trailed 15-9 after Byron Eaton's three-pointer with 9:53 on the clock. But Texas A&M used a 21-10 run to take a commanding 36-19 lead late in the first half.

Oklahoma State also missed 10 of its first 11 shots to begin the second half, and shot a season-low 30.2 percent from the field (16 of 53) for the game. The Cowboys' top two scorers - Mario Boggan (20.8 points per game) and JamesOn Curry (18.1) – were a combined 6-of-24 shooting and combined to score 15 points. Curry finished with eight points and Boggan had just seven - season lows for both players. Byron Eaton led the Cowboys with 11 points and Kenny Cooper chipped in 10.

The Aggies, now 23-4 overall and 11-2 in league play, won for the first time in Stillwater since 1922-23 (and the first time ever in Gallagher-Iba Arena) to keep pace with Kansas atop the Big 12 standings. Acie Law led A&M with 19 points while Donald Sloan added 15 and Josh Carter scored 10.

The Cowboys will be looking to get back on track Saturday when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech, a team they defeated 93-91 in double overtime – their last win – on Feb. 10. The Cowboys, however, are winless on the road this season, losing all five of their Big 12 Conference contests away from Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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