UW Men's Basketball | Huskies crushed by Cowboys blitz
Special to The Seattle Times
STILLWATER, Okla. -- When Oklahoma State gets hot early, that usually indicates a long day ahead for its opponent.
That's a lesson Washington had to learn the hard way.
Oklahoma State shot 58.2 percent from the field Saturday as it routed the Huskies, 96-71, in front of 9,386 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the inaugural Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. UW committed a season-high 20 turnovers as it fell to 4-3.
"When you come in here and [the Cowboys] play with a lot of confidence, you don't have a whole lot of margin for error," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. "I thought they capitalized on just about every mistake we made."
The lead changed four times early in the first half and the Huskies tied the score at 21 when junior Jon Brockman connected on a pair of free throws at the 8:05 mark. Oklahoma State (3-3) responded with a 16-4 run and held a 51-32 advantage at halftime.
"For the first 12 minutes, I thought we did a good job of somewhat controlling the tempo and doing a decent job of defending them," Romar said. "We became a little impatient and lax defensively, and they took advantage of it."
The Cowboys -- who suffered back-to-back losses against Marquette and Illinois in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 20-21 -- connected on 8 of 13 attempts (61.5 percent) from three-point range in the first half and totaled a season-high 11 three-pointers.
"When you get your butt whipped twice out there on national TV, a lot of people are going to be watching to see how you're going to respond, if you're going to fight back," said Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton.
"I'm really pleased with my team and the way they played. That was a great effort and a really important win. You only get so many opportunities against nationally known programs in your nonconference schedule."
The Huskies -- whose previous two losses came against ninth-ranked Texas A&M and then-No. 21 Syracuse -- shot 51.7 percent in the final 20 minutes but failed to slow down the Cowboys, who turned the ball over a season-low 14 times.
Brockman led UW with 22 points and game-high 13 rebounds. He left the contest early in the second half after taking a hit to the jaw, but made a quick return.
"His jaw was really painful for him but he just came back and kept playing," Romar said. "He's a real warrior."
Junior Justin Dentmon added 17 points and junior Joel Smith chipped in with 10. Four players scored in double figures for Oklahoma State, including freshman James Anderson, who hit four of his six attempts behind the arc and recorded 22 points.
Junior Terrel Harris contributed 14 points, and sophomore Obi Muonelo and junior Byron Eaton each added 12.
The Huskies fell to 3-8 all-time against the Cowboys.
"That was a good basketball team we beat [Saturday]," Sutton said. "I was highly impressed with [the Huskies'] talent and type of team they have. This was a team that I feel has got a chance to be in the NCAA tournament."
Attendance: 13,172. Officials: Scott Thornley, Curtis Shaw, Steve Olson.
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