Anderson matches record as Oklahoma State routs Prairie View A&M
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—James Anderson scored 29 points in his Oklahoma State debut as the Cowboys rolled to an easy 104-48 win over Prairie View A&M on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Anderson’s point total matched the school record for a freshman, tying Byron Houston, who scored 29 points against Kansas State on Jan. 25, 1989. Anderson broke the record for the most points by a player making his Oklahoma State debut, as Amos Thomas had 27 points against Arkansas in his first game as a sophomore on Dec. 3, 1968.
Oklahoma State’s 56-point margin of victory matched the eighth-largest in school history, and the Cowboys’ 18 steals matched the second-highest total in school history. It was the 39th time in school history the Cowboys scored 100 or more points.
Anderson, a 6-foot-6 guard from Junction City, Ark., who played in last season’s McDonald’s All-American Game, went 11-of-15 from the field and added a team-high five assists to lead an impressive display by the Cowboys’ five freshmen.
Joining Anderson in Oklahoma State’s starting lineup was forward Ibrahima Thomas, who finished with 11 points. Martavius Adams also scored 11 points, while Marshall Moses had nine points and Nick Sidorakis had four.
Oklahoma State has won its last 13 season openers and its last 33 home openers. The Cowboys remained unbeaten in 15 games against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Oklahoma State never trailed, but it took awhile for the Cowboys’ offense to begin humming. Up 25-14 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half, Oklahoma State went on a 22-3 run and led 47-19 at halftime. Byron Eaton capped the run with a steal and 3-point play with 47.4 seconds left.
Oklahoma State’s 12 steals in the first half broke the school record for a half.
Eaton had five of his seven steals in the first half. His steal total matched the third-best effort in school history, and he scored 12 points.
Prairie View, which went 8-22 last season, had more turnovers (22) than points at halftime.
Anderson had 11 points at halftime and added 10 more in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second half. During a two-minute stretch early in the half, Anderson, Obi Muonelo, Thomas and Anderson made consecutive 3-pointers for the Cowboys.
Brian Ezeh led Prairie View with 10 points.
Prairie View finished with 36 turnovers. The Panthers’ highest single-game total last season was 30 against Chattanooga.
The Panthers will play only three home games during the first semester and face road trips to Tennessee, West Virginia, Air Force, New Mexico State, Utah State, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian and Baylor before starting conference play.
Oklahoma State won’t play another home game until the Cowboys host Washington on Dec. 1.