Inside OSU Basketball: A One-Man Show?

It is possible for James Anderson to excel in road games. And, it's possible for the Big 12 scoring leader to experience off nights. He matched a season-low with just 10 points at Texas Tech, playing only 24 minutes because of foul trouble. The problem for Oklahoma State is when Anderson can't produce, the thin Cowboys are most likely in trouble.

"We played him a little more physical this time," said Tech forward Mike Singletary. "That kind of got in his head."

If so, expect other Big 12 rivals to follow the same approach. Anderson leads the conference with a 22.2-point average. He's not only been adept spotting up for jumpers, but is also good off the bounce. Physical play could be a deterrent to some of those drives, particularly if the game is called so that Anderson acquires fouls, too.

The only good news from the sub-par performance was that Anderson kept alive his string of double-figure scoring games, extending that streak to 37 despite fouling out with 5:02 remaining.

One positive was that sophomore guard Keiton Page broke out of a recent shooting slump, scoring the bulk of his career-high 22 points after Anderson fouled out.

--A knee injury to G Ray Penn, which kept the freshman out for four games before he returned to play 24 minutes in a Feb. 6 loss at Texas Tech, adversely affected G Keiton Page. Forced to assume some ball-handling responsibilities, Page went into a slump, going scoreless over a 96-minute stretch. He busted out of the funk by scoring all of his career-best 22 points in the second half at Tech, including 20 over the last seven-plus minutes.

--Some of the combinations Oklahoma State relies upon went awry at Texas Tech. Two of the Cowboys' scoring threats, G James Anderson and F Obi Muonelo, combined to go 5-for-20. Two distributors, G Ray Penn and G Fred Gulley, combined for nine turnovers against one assist.

ON THE SPOT: Oklahoma State snagged nine more rebounds than Texas Tech and also made three more field goals and six more 3-pointers. Still, the advantages in each of those categories could not offset a 19-point differential from the free throw line, even though the Cowboys shot a respectable percentage there, going 17 of 22 (.773). The 36-for-46 effort by Tech reflects life on the road in the Big 12.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You are going to win most games when you are at home and you are going to shoot 46 free throws. But they were taking it strong to us, I guess. They were. Give them credit." -- Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford on the foul disparity (31-20) against Texas Tech.

SEASON RECAP: The peculiarities of conference play were illustrated when Oklahoma State lost 81-74 at Texas Tech, a team the Cowboys beat by 29 points at home in an earlier meeting. In that game, they held Tech's John Roberson scoreless, but the point guard erupted for 28 points in the rematch, the most OSU has permitted an opponent all season.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- F Marshall Moses, F Obi Muonelo, G James Anderson, G Keiton Page, G Fred Gulley. Key Subs -- F Matt Pilgrim, G Ray Penn, F Roger Franklin.

Missouri 95, Oklahoma State 80
Texas 72, Oklahoma State 60
Texas Tech 81, Oklahoma State 74
vs. Oklahoma, Saturday, Feb. 13
at Iowa State, Wednesday, Feb. 17
vs. Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 20
at Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 24
vs. Kansas, Saturday, Feb. 27

IN FOCUS: Oklahoma State will get a full week to find solutions for its three-game losing streak before resuming play against Oklahoma. The Cowboys dropped the first matchup to the Sooners, a 62-57 overtime decision on Jan. 11 in Norman. Oklahoma is 0-4 in Big 12 play on the road, though G Tommy Mason-Griffin is one of the hottest shooters in the conference of late.

--G Nick Sidorakis sprained his right ankle in the second half against Texas Tech and did not return. He left the arena on crutches after an ice bag was applied to his ankle for the remainder of the game. The extent of the injury was not immediately known.

--F Marshall Moses did not enter the Texas Tech game until the 8:31 mark of the first half. The only time previously Moses did not start was when he served a one-game suspension. "Just my decision," Ford said of Moses' late entry, though the 6-7 junior was involved in a brief confrontation with F Matt Pilgrim before the Feb. 1 game against Texas. Moses is averaging 10.1 rebounds over the past eight games.

--F Torin Walker played six minutes against Texas Tech after logging just one minute in the eight previous Big 12 games.

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