Muonelo, Cowboys Protect Home Court

STILLWATER - Colorado hasn't won a Big 12 road game in nearly four years and Obi Muonelo wasn't about to let his Oklahoma State team be the one to see the Buffs end the 30-game losing streak Wednesday night. The Cowboy senior scored 16 second-half points after going 1 for 5 for just two points in the first half as OSU defeated Colorado 90-78 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Oklahoma State improves to 14-4 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play, while Colorado falls to 10-8 and 1-3.

Colorado has now lost 31 consecutive Big 12 road games dating back to Feb. 5, 2006, when Muonelo was a senior at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. The Buffs last road conference road win was an 80-78 overtime victory over the Cowboys inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

But Muonelo made sure that Colorado didn't break its long losing streak Wednesday in Stillwater. The senior opened the second half with a three-pointer to extend the Cowboys' halftime lead to 40-30, and was at his best during a four-minute stretch after the Buffs had rallied in the second half.

The Cowboys appeared to be en route to a blowout victory after James Anderson's put back with 11:08 remaining gave OSU a 63-45 lead. But CU's Alec Burks scored seven of his team's next nine points and the lead was trimmed to 11 points.

That's when Muonelo took over. The 6-foot-5 senior scored 10 consecutive points – a pair of two-point baskets and a pair of threes – from the 8:27 mark to 4:37 remaining on the clock as the Cowboys maintained their lead.

CU pulled within nine on Dwight Thorne's trey with 6:20 left but Muonelo answered with his own three-pointer to give the Cowboys a 73-61 advantage, and the Buffs never seriously challenged again.

"Anytime my shot gets going I can score a lot of points in a hurry," said Muonelo. "The first half I got the shots I wanted, they just didn't fall but I felt like every shot that I shot was in and out. In the second half, I made them."

"We all know that Obi can make shots, we know that Obi can get hot at any point in time, and I love that about Obi," Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said.

"I got onto Obi yesterday at practice because of shots he was taking while we were trying to run out offense. But a minute later I stopped them and said I know I just got onto Obi but let's get something straight here, we need Obi to score. We need Obi to score, we want Obi to score, we've just got to do it within the offense, and let the offense help you score. I thought he did a better job of that tonight.

"There's no question on a team that has been struggling to score we need somebody that can get hot like that at any point in time, and he did that tonight. He didn't shoot the best percentage but he made shots when we needed them. He made some really big buckets in the second half," Ford added.

The Cowboys shot a season-high 55.4 percent from the field – only the third time this season they've shot better than 50 percent. Muonelo finished the night 7-of-16 from the field (and 4 of 7 from behind the arc) , while Marshall Moses missed just one shot all night in recording a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Moses was 8-of-9 from the field (he got the offensive rebound and easy put back on his one miss) and made all four of his free throws against the Buffaloes.

Several other Cowboys had impressive outings Wednesday night. James Anderson scored a game-high 26 points, added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Ray Penn contributed 14 points and 6 assists. Keiton Page, who was 3-for-16 shooting in the first three Big 12 games of the season, scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, and added 3 steals and 2 assists.

The Cowboys will be back on the road – both of their Big 12 losses are away from Gallagher-Iba Arena – this weekend when they travel to Kansas State for a Saturday afternoon game. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (16-2) are coming off Monday night's victory over No. 1-ranked Texas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

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