, Oklahoma City (PressExposure) February 28, 2009 -- The Cowboys got a much needed win, recording 68-59 on February 28th against the Longhorns. The win marks their fifth straight win strengthening their chances for a NCAA bid, in the hopes that they can end a three year NCAA drought.
Marshall Moses said of the game, "We needed that to get to the (NCAA) tournament. We haven't been in our careers. Beating Texas is definitely a boost."
James Anderson scored 16 points and Marshall Moses recorded his fourth double double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Their defense played well, keeping A.J. Abrams to just nine points despite his 20.6 average in the last five games.
The Longhorns led for the first 5 minutes, but were unable to regain a lead throughout the first half, leaving them at 28-13 late in the first half. A defensive rebound by Moses left the Cowboys leading at the break with 30:18 on the scoreboard.
The Longhorns continuously tried to narrow the gap with Damien James scoring a double double of his own with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Harrison smith and Dexter Pittman both added 12.
Fouling had a lot to do with the Longhorns loss as Oklahoma scored 10 of its final 12 points on fouls alone. Keito Page scored six of his 10 points on free throws in the final 61 seconds.
"I do not want to take anything away from Oklahoma State, but one call here or there can change the outcome of the basketball game one way or another," head coach for Texas, Rick Barnes said. "We had our chances. Our guys showed a lot of heart. It blows my mind that we put the ball inside, and I do not even think that we got to the free throw line in the first half. That was really surprising to me of how hard we had to work to get the ball inside."
Smith's putback sparked a 10-0 run that ended with James landing two free throws with 4:35 left in the game. But missed opportunities by both Abrams and Smith, who missed on three chances from the arc, and a Texas turnover all within four minutes to go stopped them from gaining a lead.
"I love the perseverance of our basketball team," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. "We were playing very good basketball most of the game. Even when Texas made their run we weren't playing bad basketball but they just really upped their game and became very physical with us. We got in foul trouble and other things were going against us but we persevered and we survived.
"We did a lot of things we wanted to try and accomplish defensively. Texas is a really good team and we knew they were going to try to make a run back at us. They're big, physical and athletic and they used it in the second half. For the most part, I'm very proud of the way we played."