Cowboys Can't Escape Lubbock With Win

Sometimes when a team is struggling, as the OSU Cowboys have been the last four weeks, it takes a big break or lucky bounce to get it turned around. The Cowboys were hoping to make some luck of their own Saturday when they traveled to Texas Tech. But it wasn't to be as a pair of three-pointers in the final five seconds failed to find their mark as Texas Tech held on for a 59-57 win over OSU.

The Cowboys are now 19-9 overall and 5-8 in Big 12 action after losing for the sixth time in seven games during the month of February.

Oklahoma State hadits chances to win or tie it up on the game's final possession, but Terrel Harris missed a three-pointer and Mario Boggan grabbed the rebound. Boggan could have easily gone up with the rebound for a potential game-tying shot from about 8 feet from the basket, but he dribbled out behind the three-point line and missed the shot at the final buzzer.

"He should have just put the ball back in the basket. For some reason he thought we were down three (points)," OSU head coach Sean Sutton said of Boggan's decision as time expired.

Oklahoma State has now gone 4-8 since starting the season 15-1. The Cowboys are 0-6 in Big 12 Conference road games, and have yet to win a true road contest during the 2006-07 season.

The Cowboys had their chances in the final minutes. They erased a seven-point deficit in the last six minutes of the game with Byron Eaton getting Tech's Alan Voskuil up in the air and forced him to foul him beyond the three-point line. Eaton sank all three free throws with 42 seconds left to tie the score 57-57.

Tech's Jarius Jackson drove into the lane and was fouled by Boggan with 14.2 seconds on the clock and sank the two free throws for the game's winning points. The Cowboys, without any timeouts remaining, rushed the ball up the floor but Harris and Boggan both missed potential game-winning treys.

"I talked to the team afterwards and I told them I was disappointed that we didn't get the win but I felt so much better about our teams, and about the rest of the season, and they should as well," Sutton said. "That looked more like an Oklahoma State team today, and they played like they did a month ago. I think that's a real positive.

"It's a tough way to lose but at the same time I'm very positive about our team, about the way we're playing now. I told them if we'll just play this way the rest of the way we'll win a lot more games. They played together, they showed some toughness and some grit, and I think now we have to come back and do it again Tuesday night," Sutton continued.

The Cowboys outrebounded the Red Raiders 39-22, and committed just three turnovers in the second half after having 10 in the first half. But it was their shooting from behind the three-point arc (1 of 12) that probably cost the Cowboys their first road win of the season.

"We missed some good shots from the three-point line," Sutton said. "JamesOn had three or four that were wide open that didn't go down. Terrel had one on the baseline there late that was a clean look. We're better shooters than that. That's one area of the stats sheet that you look at that stands out a little bit. I thought we had better looks than to shoot 1 for 12."

Boggan led the Cowboys with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while David Monds had his best game since Big 12 play started with 13 points and 6 rebounds. JamesOn Curry, who had scored in double figures 26 consecutive games prior to Wednesday night's contest against Texas A&M, finished with just seven points and was held below 10 points for the second game in a row. He was just 3-of-12 shooting against the Red Raiders.

GoPokes Top Stories