Cowboy Basketball Travels To College Station

Jan. 10, 2003

Oklahoma State Cowboys
(11-1 overall, 0-0 Big 12) faces the
Texas A&M Aggies (8-3, 0-0) in Reed Arena
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 *?6 p.m. (CST)
Reed Arena [12,500] * College Station, Texas

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Oklahoma State Cowboys
Probable Starters (based on last game)

       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
F  23  Ivan McFarlin           6-8     237      Jr.     12.8     7.9
F  33  Jason Miller            6-9     245      Jr.      3.6     3.6
G   5  Victor Williams         5-10    187      Sr.     12.3     3.3 ^
G  24  Tony Allen              6-4     205      Jr.     16.0     4.9
G  34  Melvin Sanders          6-5     210      Sr.     13.5     4.2

Off the Bench
       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
C   4  Frans Steyn             7-2     306      So.      0.9     1.4
G  25  Janavor Weatherspoon    6-1     165      Jr.      5.1     1.6
G  30  Cheyne Gadson           6-3     190      Sr.      5.0     3.7 ^
F  40  Andre Williams          6-8     225      Sr.      4.7     5.4

Texas A&M Aggies Probable Starters (based on last game)
       Name                    Ht.     Wt.      Yr.      PPG     RPG
F   2  Keith Bean              6-8     255      Sr.      6.3     5.2
F  21  Antoine Wright          6-7     195      Fr.     17.3     7.5
G  10  Leandro Garcia-Morales  6-1     180      Jr.      5.6     3.9 ^
G  22  Kevin Turner            6-2     175      Jr.     10.5     2.4
G  32  Bernard King            6-5     195      Sr.     15.9     6.1 ^
^ denotes assists per game

Oklahoma State opens the 2002-03 conference season this weekend as the Cowboys travel to College Station, Texas, to face the Texas A&MAggies. OSU is 11-1 overall and coming off a 91-58 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. A&M is 8-3 overall this season and coming off a 90-66 win over Centenary nearly 10 days ago.

Last Time Out For OSU
Oklahoma State got 20 points each from Tony Allen and Victor Williams as the Cowboys dominated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 91-58, Wednesday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Williams and Allen combined to shoot 13-of-22 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. OSU combined to shoot 9-of-12 from three-point range. The Cowboy defense forced 21 Islander turnovers and had 15 steals. Janavor Weatherspoon scored 14 points off the bench for OSU, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Melvin Sanders added 11, while Cheyne Gadson had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. Oklahoma State held TAMUCC to just 39.7 percent shooting, and outrebounded the Islanders, 40-30. OSU had 20 assists, led by Allen's seven, who also had five steals.

About Texas A&M
Texas A&M is 8-3 overall this season entering Big 12 Conference action. The Aggies have wins over LSU and Tennessee, and losses to Miami, Texas-San Antonio and Princeton. A&M is led on the floor by freshman Antoine Wright, who is averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, leading the team in both categories. He had 22 points in 19 minutes in the Aggies' last outing. Senior Bernard King is averaging 15.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. As a team, A&M is shooting 47 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent from three-point range (averaging 7.5 treys per contest), but just 65.3 percent from the line. The Aggies have outscored their opponents by an average of 8.5 points per game.

Last Time Out for A&M
Antoine Wright scored 22 points off the bench, while Bernard King added 17 points and 10 assists, as the Aggies defeated Centenary, 90-66, last week in Reed Arena. The Aggies shot 60.4 percent from the floor, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc and 27-of-37 from the free-throw line. The Aggies forced 23 turnovers and had only 12 of their own. Leandro Garcia-Morales added 16 points and six dishes in the game. It was A&M's second-straight win after its 14-point loss to Princeton a week earlier.

Series With Texas A&M: OSU leads, 19-8
Oklahoma State is 19-8 all-time vs. Texas A&M, including an 11-1 record since Big 12 play began in 1997 and an 8-5 mark in College Station. The Cowboys have won the last five since their only loss in conference play on Jan. 22, 2000, when the Aggies handed OSU a 64-59 loss in College Station. Oklahoma State won the last meeting, 66-51, last season in Stillwater, and also won the last game in Reed Arena last year, 71-66. The Cowboys have won 13 of the last 14.

Up Next: Bedlam!
Oklahoma State has a short break as the Cowboys return home to host the Oklahoma Sooners Monday night in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff for ESPN's Big Monday game is set for 8 p.m. OU has a 9-2 record entering this weekend and is ranked ninth in both major polls.

National Rankings
Oklahoma State is ranked nationally in a couple of statistical categories. As a team, the Cowboys are ranked sixth nationally in field-goal percentage defense at 36.2 (212-of-585) as of Sunday, Jan. 5. Oklahoma State's scoring defense of 58.9 points per game ranks 14th nationally. Individually, senior forward Andre Williams ranks 11th in blocked shots per game, averaging three blocks per contest. Junior forward Ivan McFarlin ranks 12th nationally in field-goal percentage, connecting on 57-of-90 shots from the floor, or 63.3 percent.

Stifling Defense
Eddie Sutton has always preached solid defense, and while OSU's offense has struggled at times this season, the defense has been outstanding. Through 12 games, OSU is allowing just 58.8 points per game (best in the Big 12) and has not given up more than 69 points in a contest. Over the last nine games, the Cowboys are only allowing 56.9 points per game. OSU is allowing its opponents to shoot just 36.5 percent from the floor, best in the conference. On the defensive glass, OSU is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 10.2 boards per game. OSU is also averaging 10.4 steals per game (third-best in Big 12 behind Texas Tech and Kansas) and six blocks per contest (second-best in league behind ISU's 6.9 bpg).

Allen Living up to Expectations
Junior transfer Tony Allen has been playing extremelly well for Oklahoma State this season, living up to the expectations placed upon him when he transferred to OSU from Wabash Valley Community College. Through 12 games this season, Allen has scored in double figures in 11 of them, including a season-high 23 points vs. the College of Charleston. Tony leads the team in scoring, averaging 16 points per game. He's shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, including 51.7 percent from three-point range (15-of-29), and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line. He is averaging 4.9 rebounds per contest, has 35 assists, 26 steals and eight blocked shots.

McFarlin a Warrior
Ivan McFarlin is the prototypical Coach Sutton player, a "warrior". I-Mac is the toughest player on the team, and certainly one of the hardest workers in the league. He scored a career-high 24 points vs. UMKC and, three games later, broke that with a 27-point performance. In the UMKC game, McFarlin also had 14 rebounds, recording the eighth double-double of his career. Ivan is second in the conference with a 62.5 shooting percentage from the floor. He is averaging 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest, including 44 on the offensive glass.

Cowboys Host Block Parties
On two occasions this season, Oklahoma State has blocked 13 shots in a single game, the third-best mark in school history. OSU had 13 deflections vs. Hartford, and did the same at Wichita State. In three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, OSU had 18 blocked shots. This season, OSU has 72 blocked shots as a team, an average of six per game and the second-most in the Big 12 Conference behind Iowa State, which is averaging 6.9 blocks per contest.

Miscellaneous Notes
OSU had seven players score in double figures vs. Alaska-Anchorage, the first time for that to happen in the Eddie Sutton era at OSU ... senior guard/forward Melvin Sanders and guard Tony Allen are the only two players to have double-digit scoring in 11-of-12 games this season ... senior forward Andre Williams' string of 11-consecutive games with a blocked shot was broken Wednesday night vs. TAMUCC ... Williams is second in the Big 12 Conference in blocks, averaging 2.8 per game ... the Cowboys have shot better from the charity stripe away from Gallagher-Iba Arena (78.7 percent) than at home (59 percent) ... Oklahoma State has 44 dunks this season, led by Melvin Sanders' 12 ... OSU has taken nine charges in 12 games, with Ivan McFarlin leading the pack with three ... senior guard Victor Williams leads the Big 12 Conference in steals, averaging 2.42 per game ... Allen is second in the league in three-point shooting percentage, connecting on 51.7 percent of his shots from long range ... Oklahoma State has won 13-straight home games, dating back to last season ... OSU has the longest current winning streak in the league at nine.

Williams Ranks Among Elite Shot Blockers
Forward Andre Williams leads the team with 33 blocked shots so far this season, and is just seven away from moving past Leroy Combs and into fourth place on the all-time OSU career blocked shots list. Andre had five blocks in the season opener vs. Yale, and had three vs. Alaska-Anchorage. He added three more vs. the College of Charleston, and had two vs. Michigan State. His four vs. Hartford led a team total of 13. Most recently, he had three vs. Northwestern State, and one each vs. Fresno State and UMKC. He had a career high with eight blocks vs. Wichita State, and extended his streak of games with at least one blocked shot to 11 with one against BYU. That string was broken vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, when Andre failed to block a shot. He is currently averaging 2.8 blocks per game this season, and is second in the league behind Colorado's David Harrison (3.1 blocks per game).

Vic Moving up the Scoring Chart
With 20 points vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, senior Victor Williams moved past the 900 career-points mark. He now has 912 points in his OSU career. Victor is 28 points from surpassing Clayton Carter for 30th on the school career-scoring list. He had a season-high 22 points vs. Arkansas. Victor has 1,157 points in his career at the Division I level, including 245 his freshman season at Illinois State. Victor also leads the league in steals, averaging 2.42 per game.

Williams Ranks in Top 15
Victor Williams has 276 assists in his two-plus year career at Oklahoma State. That ranks him 13th among all-time OSU career assist leaders. With five assists vs. Yale in the season opener, Williams surpassed Randy Rutherford, who had 239 dishes from 1993-95. Vic is 16 assists away from moving past current OSU Associate Head Coach Sean Sutton, who had 291 assists in his two-year career with Oklahoma State. Vic has 379 career assists, including a game-high nine vs. Texas A&M on Feb. 21, 2001, and a season-high 126 last season.

Sanders Has String of Starts
Cowboy senior Melvin Sanders has started every game of his Cowboy career, and has moved into fifth-place on the consecutive starts list. Sanders needs 13 more starts to tie Bryant Reeves, who started 87 consecutive contests from 1993-95, and 14 starts to tie Darwyn Alexander. 16 starts would move Melvin into second-place on the consecutive-starts list.



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