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Sports THE JOURNAL, Thursday, January 7, 2010 - B3 OSU opens Big 12 slate Sam day Now we'll see how much Oklahoma State has improved during its non- conference slate When the Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the friendly confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena Saturday. The Cowboys closed out the preliminaries Tuesday night hosting Coppin State. Results were not available at presstime. Before that game, however, OSU did split a pair of contests run, the Pokes trailed by a single point at 39-38. Obi Muonelo drained a three- point goal to forge a 41-41 tie with 13:08 left in the game. About three minutes later, Muonelo gave the Cowboys their first lead with another trey. The Cowboys put together one of their best halves of basketball this season offensively. O-State raced to a 40-16 halftime lead and held the visiting Tigers to frosty shooting percentages in the first half. Pacific was 5-of- 18 from the Anderson then picked up the slack with six straight points to stop the visitors' rally and put the Cowboys back up by double-digits for good. OSU would outscore the Tigers 19-10 in the final 10 minutes of the half to cap- ture to win. Anderson would finish the game with 25 points with Muonelo adding 22. Moses led the Pokes in rebounding with 11 boards. However as a team, Pacific contest of the season. O-State dropped a 63-59 verdict to the Rhode Island Rams Saturday afternoon in Uncasville, Conn. It was a tale of two halves for the Cowboys. The Rams led by as many as 12 points in the first half with a 19-7 score with a little less than nine min- utes left until halftime• The offense struggled scoring only 26 points in the half. And while only trailing by nine, the defense allowed 17 second-chance points along with 11 rebounds to Rhode Island. But things were differ- ent in the second half. The Pokes chipped away at the deficit and thanks to a 12-2 five times alter that, Rhode Island took the lead for good with 1:11 left and held on for the win. Muonelo led the Pokes in scoring with 17 points. Marshall Moses followed with 11 and James Ander- son, who was averaging just over 22 points per game for OSU, struggled to tally 10. Moses would complete the double-double with 15 rebounds. OSU hosted the Pacific Tigers in the final game of the 2009 portion of the schedule. And thanks to a huge first half, the Cow- boys were able to hold off a second half surge by the visitors to claim the 66-50 win. of-8 from behind the three- point arc for 12.5 percent. OSU's shooting would have been good enough to melt the lingering snow and ice from the Christmas Eve blizzard as the Pokes were 14-of-26 from the field for 53.8 percent including 5-of- 12 three-point shooting for a respectable 41.7 percent. Muonelo had the hot hand for the Cowboys as he outscored the Tigers as a team with his ! 7 first half points. That wouldn't be the case in the second half, but the Pokes did have rein- forcements show up. Pacific would go on a 24- 7 tear in the first 10 minutes of the second half to close the gap to seven at 47-40. Anderson named to Top 30 list STILLWATER -- James Anderson, a selection, Anderson was inexp!icably guard on the Oklahoma State basketball team, has been named a candidate on the 2009-10 John R. Wooden Award Midsea- son Top-30 list, it was announced Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Anderson, a 6-6 junior from Junction City, Ark., is one of five players listed from the Big 12 Conference. Joining Anderson from the league are Kansas' Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry, along with Damion James of Texas. A preseaso' All-Big ;12 First :-Te'/ffl  j • left off the preseason Wooden Award list. He's one of 10 players added to the group midway through the season. Anderson leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 15th nationally in scoring, aver- aging 21.2 points per game. He also ranks 15th in the league in rebounding at 5.9 boards per contest• He ranks among the Big 12's top 10 in free-throw percentage (fifth at 81.6 percent), three-point field goals made (ninth at 1.9 threes per game), and minutes played (fifth at 332!mpg). 32, which included a 23-15 advantage on the boards in the second half. OSU head coach Travis Ford has had concerns abouthis squad all season up to this point. And they are justified• The Cowboys has failed to put together two solid halves of basketball and prevent opponents from working their way back into the game. Outside of Kansas and Texas, there are still other quality teams in the Big 12 Conference so there won't be too many "gimmes" left on the schedule• Saturday's game with Texas Tech might give an indication how the season might go. And things won't get much easier after this home game. The Cowboys will turn around and play a Bedlam matchup at Okla- homa on Monday. It will be televised by ESPN as part of the Big Monday lineup• Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center• The Cowboys will be at Baylor on Jan. 16 before another conference home outing against Colorado on Jan. 20• Oklahoma State senior Obi Muonelo goes up for two of his 17 first half points against the University of Pacific last Tues- day night in Gallagher-lba Arena. Muonelo single-handedly outscored the Tigers in the first half as OSU built a 40-16 lead. Pacific rallied in the second half and the Cowboys held on for a 66-50 win. OSU begins Big 12 Conference action this Saturday hosting the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Journal photo by Rick Lomenick  Ill |llllllll|lll |li|lllO |l|llllllllll | FRONTROW MOVIES 604 E. Hwy 33. Perkins, OK 405-547-1135 BUY one previously viewed movie Get the 2nd one HALF PRICE! 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