November 10, 2007

OSU cruises past A&M

STILLWATER - In the world of college basketball, five minutes can be a long time.

Just ask Prairie View A&M.

Five minutes into the first half, Oklahoma State held a slim 8-5 lead over the Panthers. With five minutes left in the first half, OSU had a 31-14 lead over A&M. The Cowboys turned on the afterburners at that point, going on to cruise to a 104-48 win in front of 7,345 fans inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Pokes (1-0) got off to a slow start in their 2007-08 season opener. They appeared rusty and sluggish and missed some easy shots in the paint. But that slowly started to change, as the Cowboys went on a 23-9 over the next 10 minutes. That momentum carried over to the second half, as the Pokes scored 16 points in the first five minutes of the frame to build up a 63-25 lead.

And somewhere along the way, Orange Country was formally introduced to James Anderson.

In his first game as a Cowboy, Anderson proved to be the player of the game. The freshman from Junction City, Ark., ended up with 29 points on the evening. That set a new school record for points scored in a debut performance at OSU. Previously, that record was held by Amos Thomas, who scored 27 points against Arkansas in 1968. That was also good enough to tie the freshman record for points in a game, previously held by Byron Houston, who put up 29 against Kansas State on Jan. 25, 1989.

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