Cowboys shoot down Huskies

Oklahoma State took advantage of a sharp-shooting first half to bury Washington, 96-71, in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series men's basketball matchup in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Cowboys hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, four by freshman guard James Anderson, to pull out to a 51-32 halftime lead. Washington, playing without its best shooter in Ryan Appleby and lacking offensive weapons on its roster this year, failed to cut into the deficit after halftime as Oklahoma State rode the emotion of its home crowd to build on its early lead.

Anderson, twice the Arkansas state player of the year in high school, led all scorers with 22 points. Three other Cowboys scored in double digits as Oklahoma State finished the game shooting 58 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point land, and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Cowboys also nailed a season-high 11 3-pointers by the time the final buzzer had sounded.

The junior trio of Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon, and Joel Smith paced Washington, which fell to 4-3 on the season. Brockman led the way with 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, while Dentmon netted 17 points and Smith added 10.

The Huskies struggled to defend and take care of the ball all game long, issues that have stung the Huskies throughout their first six games season. Despite hanging around and even taking a brief 19-18 lead midway through the first half on a Quincy Pondexter breakaway layin, the game quickly got away from the Huskies as they found no answers for Oklahoma State's hot perimeter shooting. Eleven first-half turnovers added to Washington's woes.

Oklahoma State shot 63 percent from the field and a ridiculous 61 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half.

HUSKY NOTES:
Brockman Banged Up: In the opening minute of the second half, Jon Brockman took a shot to the face when he ran into an opponent's shoulder. Brockman returned to the game a minute later and appeared to be just fine the rest of the way.

Dead-eye Dawgs: The Huskies had shot very poorly from the free throw line heading into this game, but turned things around by shooting 82 percent (18-22) from the charity stripe against Oklahoma State.

Up Next: Washington returns home next Saturday, Dec. 8, to face a tough Pittsburgh team currently ranked No. 14 in the country. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. The Huskies follow that with home contests against Portland (12/15), Portland State (12/18), and Cal-State Northridge (12/22).

HUSKY STATS:
Points: Brockman 22, Dentmon 17, Smith 10, Pondexter 9, Wolfinger 5, Overton 4, Wallace 2, Bryan-Amaning 2, Morris 0
Rebounds: Brockman 13, Pondexter 4, Bryan-Amaning 3, Smith 3, Wolfinger 3, Morris 2, Dentmon 1, Overton 1
Assists: Dentmon 3, Overton 2, Smith 2, Pondexter 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Overton 2, Smith 1, Dentmon 1
Blocks: None

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