Freshman Anderson shines as Oklahoma State beats Washington 96-71
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)—Freshman James Anderson continued his early season string of strong performances, scoring 22 points as Oklahoma State rolled past Washington 96-71 on Saturday in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Oklahoma State (3-3) shot 58.2 percent from the field as the Cowboys moved to 26-25 all-time against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference. That includes an 8-3 mark against Washington.
Washington (4-3) led only twice, both times in the first half, and proved unable to stop a first-half barrage of 3-pointers by Oklahoma State that gave the unranked Cowboys control of the game. Oklahoma State finished 11 of 21 from 3-point range, a 52.4-percent clip.
Jon Brockman scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for the Huskies, whose previous losses this season came to ranked foes, Texas A&M and Syracuse, in the Preseason NIT.
On a day when Oklahoma State hosted about 65 former players who played for legendary coach Henry Iba—including some members of the school’s 1945 and 1946 NCAA championship teams—the Cowboys continued watching the emergence of Anderson, who is giving indications he could be the program’s newest star.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Junction City, Ark., has reached double figures in scoring in each of Oklahoma State’s first six games and has scored more than 20 points three times, against Prairie View A&M, Louisiana State and Washington.
A 3-point shooting display by Oklahoma State propelled the Cowboys to a 51-32 halftime lead.
Washington’s final lead of the game came at 19-18, when Quincy Pondexter scored on a lay-in nine minutes before halftime. Twenty-one seconds later, Anderson hit a 3-pointer for Oklahoma State, the Cowboys’ first field goal in more than five minutes.
Then, in a four-minute span, Nick Sidorakis, Anderson, Terrel Harris and Obi Muonelo all made 3-pointers as the Cowboys built their lead to double digits. Sidorakis’ bucket in the final seconds of the half put Oklahoma State ahead by 19.
Oklahoma State went 8 of 14 from 3-point range in the half, including 4 of 5 by Anderson.
Anderson started the second half by making five straight free throws in the first minute, and Washington came no closer than 20 points after that.
Oklahoma State led by as many as 31 points.
Harris scored 14 points for Oklahoma State, while Byron Eaton and Muonelo had 12 each. Justin Dentmon scored 17 points for the Huskies.