The Cowboys, playing just four days after an impressive 25-point victory over Washington in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, looked anything like the same team that defeated the Huskies in the nationally televised game.
After shooting 58.2 percent against the Huskies, the Cowboys made just 20 of 59 shots (for a season-low 33.9 percent) Wednesday night. That percentage would have been much worse - actually 26.1 percent - if not for Cowboy freshman James Anderson, who made 8 of his 13 shots and scored a game-high 22 points.
Anderson scored 15 of his points in an ugly first half in which the Cowboys held a slim 26-23 lead at halftime.
But Anderson, and freshmen teammates Martavius Adams and Nick Sidorakis, keyed a 21-4 run to open the second half for the Cowboys.
During the nine-minute stretch to open the second half the Cowboys held Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to just two field goals while forcing seven turnovers. Anderson (7 points) and Adams (4 points) keyed the run, with Sidorakis running the show at the point.
A key play came when Anthony Brown blocked an Islander shot, chased down the loose ball and fired a pass to Sidorakis. Anderson was streaking down the sideline, and Sidorakis hit him with a perfect alley-oop pass that he slammed home while being fouled. His free throw completed the three-point play to give the Cowboys a 45-27 lead. A few moments later he added two more free throws and the Cowboys had stretched their lead to 20 points.
"Coach (Sutton) kind of got on us at halftime," Anderson said. "He told us that we weren't playing very hard and that the other team was playing harder than we were, so we needed to come out and pick up our intensity and play like we did Saturday (against Washington."
OSU held Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to 32.7 shooting for the game, including an opponent worst 1-of-18 from three-point range inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The previous worst from three-point range by a Cowboy opponent was 1-of-17 by Baylor in 1999.
Anderson led the Cowboys with 22 points, while Adams contributed 10 points.
The Cowboys, now 4-3, return to action Saturday night when they host East Tennessee State in a 7 p.m. tipoff at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
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