Cowboys hope to lasso Cyclones
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – The 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys
finish up a brief two-game homestand this weekend, as they play host to the
Iowa State Cyclones in Big 12 action from the Gallagher-Iba Arena in
The Cowboys moved to 3-2 in league play and 17-3 overall with a 66-61 win
over rival Oklahoma on Monday.
The Cyclones are a game behind OSU in the standings at 2-3 and the team brings
a three-game losing streak into Stillwater. The team hasn’t played since last
weekend, when it fell at home to Kansas State, 69-60.
The Cowboys hold a 56-51 advantage in the all-time series. Oklahoma State
has won seven of the last eight meetings with ISU and has a 32-13 edge in
games played at home in this series.
The Cyclones struggled with their shot, especially in the first half and
trailed by 10 points at the break against Kansas State last weekend. The team
did a little better in the second half, but could not overcome the deficit,
falling by nine in the end. Mike Taylor did his best to lead the way to
victory, as he scored 21 points to pace all Cyclones. Jiri Hubalek had a solid
game as well, registering a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. On the
season, Iowa State has struggled offensively for the most part, averaging just
67.1 ppg, on a modest .419 shooting. Taylor has been the most consistent
performer, averaging 16.7 ppg. However, his .382 shooting from the floor could
certainly use some improvement. Wesley Johnson is one of the top freshmen in
the league, averaging a near double-double with 12.2 points and 9.2 rebounds
per game. Hubalek has been a force up front as well, with 10.8 points and 6.8
rebounds per outing.
The Cowboys remained perfect at home with a solid win over the Sooners this
week. Oklahoma State shot just .419 from the floor in the game, but outscored
the visiting Sooners, 27-13 at the free-throw line in the victory. Byron Eaton
led the offensive charge with a season-high 17 points. Three others joined him
in double figures, with Mario Boggan putting up 13 points, followed by JamesOn
Curry and David Monds, at 12 and 11 ppg, respectively. This season, Oklahoma
State is averaging a steady 81.8 ppg, on nearly 50 percent shooting (.492)
There may not be a better one-two punch in the nation than Boggan and Curry,
who combine for nearly 40 points per game. Boggan leads the team in both
scoring (21.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), while shooting .575 from the
field. Curry is a perfect complement with his perimeter game, pouring in 18.8
ppg, while delivering on 43.3 percent from behind the arc (55-of-127). Terrel
Harris provides another option offensively, at 10.8 ppg.