January 19, 2008

Road blocks for both OSU hoops teams?

Oklahoma State's two basketball teams hit the road on Saturday looking for big wins.

In the case of the OSU men, the goal was to win and break an 0-15 true road game slump.

For the OSU women, the goal was to pick up another big road win and stay undefeated in the Big 12.

The results? The No. 19 Cowgirls rode into College Station, Texas, and defeated No. 18 Texas A&M, 61-58. The Cowboys enjoyed a 10-point lead in the first half before allowing Iowa State to erode the advantage and make a late push in the second half to claim a 73-66 win over OSU.

So while the Cowboys are looking at a tough four-game stretch over the next two weeks (home for Texas and Texas A&M, at Oklahoma and Texas Tech), the Cowgirls are now 4-0 in league play and control their own destiny in the Big 12 women's race.

The Cowgirls fought back and forth with the Aggies (13-5 overall, 1-3 Big 12). Andrea Riley had another big game, scoring 29 points and seven rebounds. It wasn't her best effort, however, as she posted zero assists and committed seven turnovers. In fact, as a team, OSU was out-assisted 17-2 by A&M. But OSU won the rebounding war, nabbing 43 in comparison to the Aggies' 23. Danielle Green turned in another solid performance, scoring 14 points and picking up eight rebounds.

The game was wild at times. The Cowgirls (16-1, 4-0) started the second half up 37-32, only to fall behind in the final frame. But their defense prevented the Big 12 preseason favorite from doing anything, keeping them scoreless for the last 6:26 of the game. From that point, the Cowgirls fought back from a 58-49 deficit and whittled away the Aggies' lead, scoring 12 unanswered points. The cherry on top of that run was a huge three-pointer from Riley, which she tossed up standing somewhere east of Waco and west of Nacodoches (according to the state of Texas map on the court at Reed Arena) as the shot clock ran out and only seven seconds left in the game.

Next up for the women is another big road game at No. 24 Texas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The men face the Longhorns next as well, on ESPN's Big Monday at 8 p.m. in Stillwater. And the Pokes are coming back home in a limping fashion, after two tough road losses which could have gone either way. This past Tuesday, OSU lost at Baylor, 79-71. So the Cowboys were in a position where they really needed to pick up that elusive road victory before coming home for a tough date against UT.

Unfortunately for Sean Sutton and company, that road victory didn't come in Ames. The Cyclones (12-6, 2-1) managed to hang around and OSU (10-7, 1-2) never took control late. ISU managed to take advantage of that, as Craig Brackins made some key baskets as time ran down to keep the Cyclones in the lead. He finished with 15 points, while Wesley Johnson led all scorers with 24 points. For the Cowboys, Terrel Harris and Marcus Dove both posted 17 points, while Obi Muonelo had 16. The rest of the team? Only 16 points.

So the roadblocks continue for the men. The last time OSU won a true road game came on Feb. 4, 2006, when the Cowboys defeated Kansas State in Manhattan.

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