Tuesday , Dec , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Undefeated Cowboys take on Orange in the Big Apple

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys
and the 21st-ranked Syracuse Orange will collide at Madison Square Garden
tonight as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

Oklahoma State improved to 9-0 with a 90-74 triumph over Pepperdine on
Saturday. With games against Tennessee and Pittsburgh on the upcoming
schedule, there is no question that the Cowboys will be well prepared for the
start of Big 12 play in January.

Syracuse does own an impressive 7-1 record, but the lone loss came on
Saturday at home against Wichita State by a 64-61 final. The Orange have
not exactly played top-notch competition thus far, so a victory over the
Cowboys tonight could come in handy when tournament selection time rolls

The all-time series between Oklahoma State and Syracuse is tied at 2-2, and
the Cowboys beat the Orange as part of the 2004 Jimmy V Classic.

In Oklahoma State’s win over Pepperdine last time out, Mario Boggan and
JamesOn Curry led the charge with 24 points apiece. Boggan also ripped down 13
boards in that contest to mark his second double-double of the season. In all,
five Cowboys scored in double figures. Obi Muonelo netted 16 points, Terrel
Harris had 12 points and David Monds contributed 11 points. The club shot 54
percent from the floor and reached the 90-point plateau for the second
straight outing. Oklahoma State was simply too much for Pepperdine to handle
on the interior, as 60 of the Cowboys’ points came in the paint. Boggan has
been a force this season, as he is averaging 19.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Curry
checks in with 17.3 ppg and 5.8 apg, and while those two players get most of
the attention, the role players such as Muonelo and Harris have been
consistently strong as well.

Syracuse fell behind Wichita State by 14 points at intermission on Saturday
and was unable to get back in the game. The Orange connected on only 36.1
percent of their field goal attempts in the clash, and finished with a low
total of nine assists. Although they did earn a 47-34 rebounding advantage and
an 11-6 edge in points from the foul line, the negatives outweighed the
positives for the Orange. Terrence Roberts and Paul Harris scored 14 points
apiece in the setbacks, and Roberts pulled down 12 rebounds as well. Darryl
Watkins had nine points and 13 boards for the Orange, who got 10 points from
Josh Wright. Demetris Nichols was held in check by Wichita State, but he
continues to lead Syracuse with 15.3 ppg. Eric Devendorf adds 13.9 ppg to the
mix, and Harris contributes 12.5 ppg. The Orange are netting 77.2 ppg while
limiting the opposition to 63.0 ppg.