Moses Nearly Perfect In Victory

STILLWATER – Marshall Moses couldn't get much better than he was on Sunday. The Oklahoma State junior scored a career-high 23 points and missed just one shot – nearly tying a record set by Bryant "Big Country" Reeves for best shooting percentage by a Cowboy in a game – as Oklahoma State rolled to an 81-66 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Moses finished with his fourth double-double of the season – 23 points and 14 rebounds – in his finest game as a Cowboy. He has now scored 35 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the last two games, including OSU's 61-55 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Dec. 5.

It's a good thing that Moses showed up for the Cowboys, now 8-1, because the rest of the team was just 16-of-38 shooting against the Lions, who fell to 0-7.

"Coach Ford is always the best at motivating me because I never know if he's trying to motivate me or when he's making an insult. He called me out in front of the whole team, (saying) you're supposed to be this big-time player and you're shooting 40-some percent from the field, and I didn't like it," said Moses, who made 10 of 11 shots against Arkansas-Pine Bluff for 90.9 percent which was the best shooting game by a Cowboy since Jerome Lambert's 11-of-12 shooting performance against Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 1996.

"I think it served its purpose as far as the hard work goes. He made that statement after our last game and I've been working hard ever since, getting up extra shots before practice and just making sure that I focus on putting the ball in the basket instead of just flicking it at the rim," continued Moses, who raised his season shooting percentage from 45.3 percent to 50.5 percent with Sunday's effort.

Moses was 6-of-6 from the field in the first half and scored 15 of the Cowboys' points en route to a 41-35 halftime lead. But he had just three rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. He missed his first shot of the second half but didn't miss again the remainder of the game, and grabbed 11 of the Cowboys' 18 rebounds in the final 20 minutes of play.

Reeves, the former Cowboy All-American, holds the OSU record by making 100 percent of his shots from the field (11 of 11) against Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 1994. "Big Country" was also perfect – making 10 of 10 from the field – versus Tulsa on Dec. 9, 1992. Four players in the history of OSU basketball have been 11-of-12 from the field (the last being the above mentioned Lambert against Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 1996).

Moses is one of three Oklahoma State players to have made 10 of 11 shots in a game – joining Reeves (vs. Kansas State on Feb. 2, 1994) and Matt Clark (vs. Centenary on Jan. 15, 1983).

"Marshall Moses played big time tonight. It's funny because all I've been harping on him about … I told Marshall in front of the team on Tuesday or Wednesday that every five man in the Big 12 is probably shooting 60 to 65 percent, and you're our five man shooting 45 percent. We need a higher percentage shooting for you. I think he did a pretty good job of that," Cowboy head coach Travis Ford said.

"I think he responded," Ford said with a laugh.

"He played with more energy and seemed to play tougher. He wasn't in there just trying to fight people. He was in there trying to be more efficient, and I thought he did a good job of that," Ford continued.

"I told him the past two or three days in practice that I love his fall-away jump shot but that needs to be his second and third option, after you've scored in the post a couple of times. It's a shot he can make but he got used to going to that all of the time, and then he hasn't been jumping in the post to score. He's been trying to quick shoot it. I think he thinks, well I'm only 6-6 and I'm playing against 6-8, 6-9, 6-10, so I've got to quick shoot," Ford added.

"Guys sometimes think when they get their shoot blocked that it's the end of the world. They're going to get their shot blocked, and that's part of it. But you've got to start jumping and trying to get up and play above the rim. Just because you're not the tallest five-man in the country doesn't mean you still can't play big. Tonight I thought he played big."

Joining Moses in double figures for the Cowboys were James Anderson with 16 points (although he was just 3-of-10 shooting), Keiton Page with 13 (3-of-11 from the field), and Ray Penn with 11.

The Cowboys fly to California on Monday and will play at Stanford on Wednesday night in the Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge. Tip-off for the nationally televised game (Fox Sports Net) is scheduled for 10 p.m. (Central time).

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