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

Cowboys squeeze by Orange

New York, NY (Sports Network) – JamesOn Curry scored 20 points, including the
final five for Oklahoma State, as the 22nd-ranked Cowboys bested the No. 21
Syracuse Orange, 72-68, in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison
Square Garden.

Mario Boggan had 21 points and eight rebounds while Obi Muonelo netted 11 for
the Cowboys (10-0), who are off to their best start since 2001-02.

Demetris Nichols donated a game-high 26 points and Terrence Roberts chipped in
14 points and also pulled down seven rebounds for the Orange (7-2), who have
lost two straight games. Paul Harris added 11 points for Syracuse, which
turned the ball over 23 times.

Roberts’ layup with nearly 7 1/2 minutes remaining pulled Syracuse within
58-54, but the Cowboys reeled off a nine straight points, as Marcus Dove
showed off two highlight reel dunks, extending the lead to 67-54 with almost
four minutes to play.

The Orange didn’t give up and used their full-court press and 3-2 zone defense
to create turnovers and fought back with an 12-0 spurt, culminating with a
Harris layup, pulling within 67-66 with 49 ticks on the clock.

Curry, though, drained a three with 22.5 seconds left before missing the front
end of a one-and-one. Harris then hit a pair at the charity stripe with 6.3
remaining before Curry sealed the win with two from the line.

Trailing 9-6, Syracuse netted eight of the next 10 points, including four
straight points from Roberts to begin the spurt, for a 14-11 lead.

However, the Cowboys countered with eight unanswered, highlighted by Curry’s
trey, to move in front 19-14.

Josh Wright’s three put the Orange up 25-23, but Oklahoma State went on a 14-7
burst, capped by Muonelo three-pointer, for a 37-32 margin.

Curry and Boggan combined to shoot 10-of-15 from the field, totaling 25
points, as the Cowboys led 39-34 at the half.

Syracuse came out running to begin the second half, tallying eight of the
first 12 points, showcased by Roberts’ fast-break slam dunk, cutting the
deficit to 43-42.

Leading 45-44, Oklahoma State used an 11-2 surge, including four points apiece
from Muonelo and David Monds, to push the score to 56-46. The Orange wet 6:40
without scoring to add fuel to the run.

Game Notes

Oklahoma State travels to Ball State while Syracuse welcomes Colgate to the
Carrier Dome on Saturday…The Cowboys shot 50.9 percent from the floor while
the Orange connected on 51 percent of their shots…Syracuse sophomore Eric
Devendorf, who was suffering from a stomach virus, did not play in the second
half. He finished with zero points, one rebound and two assists in nine
minutes…Oklahoma State’s bench outscored Syracuse reserves, 22-13.