Cowboys Can't Rope Longhorns

The day started badly for the Oklahoma State basketball team and didn't get much better following the suspension of Matt Pilgrim on Wednesday. James Anderson pick up two fouls in the first five minutes of the game and the Cowboys struggled offensively in suffering a 69-59 loss to the 21st-ranked Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas.

Pilgrim had been playing his best basketball of the season in recent weeks, averaging 11.5 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 82. 4 percent (28 of 34 from the field) in the Cowboys' last six games. The 6-8 junior was reportedly suspended for being late to a team meeting, and was on the bench in street clothes while Longhorn Dexter Pittman (6-10, 290) dominated inside with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Cowboy saw their record drop to 19-8 overall and 7-6 in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns improve to 22-6 and 8-5.

Oklahoma State only trailed 37-35 at halftime despite playing much of the first half without Anderson, who Cowboy head coach Travis Ford sat down after he picked up second foul a little more than five minutes into the game.

But the Cowboys nailed six three-pointers in the first half – including Obi Muonelo's third of the first half with 1:33 remaining on the clock – to stay within a pair of points. OSU made four of its first six three-pointers but the Cowboys were just 4 for 16 the remainder of the game.

The Longhorns opened the second half with a 14-7 run to stretch their lead to 51-42, and had another 7-0 run to eventually go up 58-44. Pittman scored nine points as the Longhorns took control in the second half.

James Anderson finished with 14 points but that was more than eight points below his Big 12-leading 22.8-point scoring average. The only other OSU players in double figures were Muonelo (14) and Marshall Moses (10).

It doesn't get much easier for the Cowboys as they return to Stillwater to face the No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (27-1) in a nationally televised game (CBS Sports) at 3 p.m. Saturday inside a sold-out Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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