Cowboys, Minus Moses, Get the Win

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State looked like it was not at full strength Tuesday night but thanks to James Anderson and Keiton Page the Cowboys still rolled to an easy 79-61 victory over Coppin State in their final non-conference game before beginning Big 12 play this weekend.

The Cowboys, now 12-2, were playing without starting post player Marshall Moses, who watched from the sidelines in street clothes after being suspended by head coach Travis Ford after his arrest early Monday morning on drug possession charges.

Also, several Cowboys were not at full strength, including Page, Ray Penn and Torin Walker, who were apparently battling the after affects of food poisoning from this past weekend's trip to Connecticut to play Rhode Island.

"Under the circumstances, with all the illnesses we've had, we've been very seriously sick, and with the off-court issues, I was glad to get the win," said OSU head coach Travis Ford. "I'm glad to get this game over with after not having very good practices yesterday, and a lot of things going on. It's good to get a win and get out of it."

Anderson scored a game-high 26 points, Page added 20 and Obi Muonelo contributed 15 as the Cowboys shot a season-high 34 three-pointers against a Coppin State team that played a zone defense for the entire 40 minutes.

Page was 5-of-10 from three-point range, while Muonelo was 3-for 7, and Anderson 2-of-10 from behind the arc.

"Playing against zone he was going to get shots, and he made shots," Ford said of the 5-foot-9 Page, who finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 37 minutes of play.

"Keiton practiced maybe 20 percent of (Monday's practice). I said we were going to play Keiton less minutes, and he played (a team-high) 37. I didn't do a very good job.

"I thought he played with a little more pep to his step, made some nice passes, and a little step to his game. It's stuff that I've been asking him to do more, and he needed to. He knew I wasn't overly happy with him after his last game," Ford continued.

Page said that a number of players went to eat at a "hamburger joint" on Saturday night following the loss in Connecticut, and they paid the price for it on the flight back to Oklahoma on Sunday. "I don't think I've ever been that sick," said Page, who along with Ray Penn had to have IVs given to them upon returning to Stillwater after the flight.

Penn did not even suit up for Monday's practice and played just 17 minutes against Coppin State.

Matt Pilgrim saw his first action since Dec. 21. The junior from Cincinnati had missed the Cowboys last two games against Pacific and Rhode Island with an undisclosed illness but played 13 minutes Tuesday night, finishing with six points and a team-best nine rebounds.

The Cowboys begin Big 12 play against 20th-ranked Texas Tech (10-1) on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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