November 20, 2008

Storm Watch: Hurricane comes to GIA

Oklahoma State is 2-0 to start the young season, but is it time to sound the alarms?

Of course not, the Cowboys are only two games into the young season. But since Tulsa is coming to Gallagher-Iba Arena tonight, warming up the storm sirens might make sense. After all, how many times does a hurricane make landfall in Stillwater? Not in 14 years, anyway. That was the last time TU played at OSU. The last time the Pokes played the Golden Hurricane was in 1996, just after Bill Clinton was re-elected. But TU makes the 62-mile trip west to Orange Country for a 7 p.m. matchup against OSU. The game will be televised on the Cowboy Sports Network.

OSU comes into the game against the 'Cane after defeating North Texas, 100-88, on Monday. In that one, James Anderson led all scorers with 28 points, while Terrel Harris had 21 and Keiton Page had 20, including five three-pointers.

The win over the Mean Green was in contrast to the season-opening victory over Texas-San Antonio.

"We won that game with a great work ethic and a great attitude, we just didn't shoot the ball well," head coach Travis Ford said. "(Monday) we shot the ball well and didn't have the execution in a lot of different areas.

"They have to learn to come up with some rebounds. They had more shots than we did. They went to the foul line 50 times in our gym. They out-rebound us by 14. And then we win by 12. It was a strange game. I'm glad we won but it was very sloppy and we didn't finish the game. That's what I'm most upset about is the way we finished the game."

But Ford had to be pleased with the performances of Anderson and Page. Both were big factors in Monday's win.

"Coach me I had to be more aggressive on the offensive end and the defensive end," Anderson said. "He wanted me to protect the glass more and get to the basket to score some points. So I had to go out there tonight and try to do that."

"I felt like I shot pretty decent tonight," Page said. "The past couple weeks we've been working on executing the plays and everybody knowing how to do it. Everybody was in the right position and my teammates found me in the right positions and I was able to score."

While Page spread the wealth of the praise to his teammates, Ford credited Pistol Page for getting the team going early.

"We were struggling to make shots early in the game, his three's made a big difference," Ford said. "They gave us confidence and brought some life into us. It was a pretty good game for the second college game of his career. He was impressive."

And that brings us to the game against the Hurricane. TU comes to Orange Country with a 1-0 record, after a 50-43 victory over Oral Roberts on Saturday. That game was a defensive slugfest, as the Hurricane shot 39 percent and the Golden Eagles shot 30. Ben Uzdoh scored 20 points and Glenn Andrews posted 11.

OSU leads the all-time series against TU, 68-36 and has a 38-14 edge in Stillwater. Even with both of those in OSU's favor, the Hurricane have won three of the past four games the schools have played. The lone win for the Cowboys in that span was a 93-88 victory in Stillwater in 1994. TU edged out OSU 82-80 in an NCAA Tournament game in Oklahoma City in 1994, as well as twice in the 1996 calendar year, winning 57-53 on Jan. 2 and 72-54 on Nov. 22.

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