It's Over! Cowboys Break Road Streak

If the Oklahoma State basketball team was going to break its road losing streak it surely couldn't happen at Texas A&M's Reed Arena, could it? The Aggies had won 47 of 51 games the past three seasons, and the only loss on their home court this season came in five overtimes. But Byron Eaton and his teammates had other plans Saturday afternoon, and OSU defeated A&M 59-54 to end the 19-game skid.

The victory – which came when Obi Muonelo and Eaton converted a pair of one-and-one free throw opportunities in the final 16 seconds – is the Cowboys' first true road win in more than two years (the last came on Feb. 4, 2006, against Kansas State), and came in front of a Reed Arena record-breaking crowd of 13,584. It also is the first road win in Sean Sutton's two years as head coach, and breaks a 16-game road losing streak in conference games (the second longest in school history).

The Cowboys, who have now won three of their last four games, improved to 13-12 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 play. The 16th-ranked Aggies are now 20-5 overall and 6-4 in the Big 12.

"I'm really proud of our players and am happy for them," Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton said. "I thought they did a great job of listening to Coach (James) Dickey's scouting report, and following the instructions of what we had to do to stop Texas A&M, and then they followed the game plan.

"Byron had another unbelievable night. When he plays well, our team plays well. He's a major key to our team, and he responded and really played well," Sutton said.

Eaton was outstanding for the second game in a row. Just four days after tying a career high with 25 points in leading the Cowboys to a 10-point win over Baylor, the junior from Dallas made play after play Saturday in College Station. The Cowboy point guard led the team with 17 points, while contributing 5 assists and 3 rebounds with only two turnovers in 36 minutes.

It was Eaton's three-pointer from the top of the key with time running out on the shot clock with just over nine minutes remaining that gave the Cowboys a 48-46 lead. The shot came moments after Derrick Roland's trey had put the Aggies up by one. But Eaton's shot put the Cowboys up with 9:04 left, and the Aggies never retook the lead.

Eaton had just two turnovers but he got caught under the basket in the game's final minute and forced a bad pass that was picked off. A&M, which trailed 55-53 at the time, had a 3-on-2 fastbreak and it appeared that Donald Sloan had an easy lay up to tie the game. But OSU's Terrel Harris never gave up on the play, and blocked Sloan's shot. Marcus Dove got the rebound, and the Aggies were then forced to begin fouling.

Obi Muonelo also was outstanding, finishing with 15 points (and made 3 of 5 from three-point range), and seven rebounds. The Cowboys shot just 42 percent from the field but only committed 10 turnovers.

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