Cold-Shooting Cowboys Fall To Sooners

There's good news and bad news from Oklahoma State's 62-57 overtime loss to rival Oklahoma on Monday night in Norman. The bad news is the Cowboys had their worst shooting game during Travis Ford's 51 games as head coach, making just 27.5 percent from the field in falling to 13-3 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play.

But as poorly as the Cowboys played against the Sooners (10-6, 1-1) they had an excellent chance to win a road game in the Big 12, where home teams have won 112 of 113 games this season.

The Cowboys had a chance to win, and forced overtime on a basket by James Anderson with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation, despite some serious obstacles during the Big Monday national telecast on ESPN:

* Obi Muonelo (1 for 12) and Keiton Page (1 for 7) combined to make just 2 of 19 shots from the field;

* Losing Big 12 leading scorer James Anderson to a head injury for nearly five minutes midway through the second half. The Cowboys were up 42-34 when their leading scorer went out, and trailed 43-42 when he came back with just a little more than eight minutes to play;

* Marshall Moses stood toe-to-toe with OU big man Tiny Gallon, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. It was his basket early in overtime that gave the Cowboys a 56-54 lead but OSU missed their final five shots from the field in the extra five-minute period, and would only score one points over the final 4:40.

* Ford's team made just 19 of 69 shots (27.5 percent), including 5 of 25 from three-point range (20 percent) and 14 of 23 free throws (60.9 percent).

* OSU had just four assists on their 19 baskets, after having 12 (against Texas Tech) and 21 (vs. Coppin State) in their last two games.

"Our defense and our rebounding gave us a chance to win. We had our opportunities," said Ford. "We missed a lot of lay ups tonight. We fought hard, our guys played hard, and we had guys cramping … we battled to the end. We put ourselves in a position to win the game, we just didn't finish it out.

"We've got to get some guys making some shots. We executed our offense, (and) we got the shots we wanted. We just didn't make them tonight, and that can happen. I'm extremely disappointed we lost the game. We put ourselves in a position to win because of our defense and because of our rebounding.

"We played extremely hard but we've got to play tougher, and there's a difference … when James went out, we've got to come up with some rebounds, we've got to execute the offense. We've got to develop some toughness about us.

"We let an opportunity slip by tonight," Ford added.

Anderson led the Cowboys with 18 points and freshman Ray Penn finished with 14. Willie Warren led the Sooners with 15 points, while Tommy Mason-Griffin had 14 and Gallon contributed 13 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.

The Cowboys return to action Saturday when they travel to Waco, Texas to face the 24th-ranked Baylor Bears, 13-1 entering Tuesday night's game at Colorado.

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