By Andrea Cohen
Staff writerOklahoma State missed starting center Ibrahima Thomas as
Washington thumped the Cowboys 83-65 Thursday night.
But perhaps even more significantly, the Cowboys missed effort and missed shots.
Thomas, whose standing with the team is unclear, did not make the trip toSeattle. In his pre-game radio interview Ford said he just wanted to talk about “the people who wanted to be here.”
Piecing together a post presence, Ford started Anthony Brown, gave significant minutes to Malcoln Kirkland and played Marshall Moses. Teeng Akol, who was cleared by the NCAA on Monday, did not make an appearance. So it wasn’t a surprise thatWashington outrebounded OSU 44-31 and center John Brockman had a big night – he finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
But OSU also didn’t play well in the areas it could control, and OSU never threatened theWashington lead in the second half.
“I’d like to apologize to our fans for having to watch that back home,” Ford said. “I’m very disappointed in our competitiveness. We didn’t compete tonight. We just didn’t have much leadership on the court… This is not acceptable. This is not acceptable at all. I didn’t like the way we played tonight and we’re going to change it.”
A guard-oriented team, OSU hasn’t gotten much production out of its big guys even with Thomas this season (Thomas averages just 3.9 rebounds). Against Washington OSU’s guard play was sub-par as well.
James Anderson had a bad shooting night (he was 3-of-12 from the floor) and got into foul trouble. Byron Eaton was aggressive and made it to the free throw line, but he was just 6-of-11 from the line. Terrel Harris only took seven shots and missed five free throws, finishing with 10 points.
The only bright spots were Obi Muonelo, who led the Cowboys with 18 points and six rebounds, and freshman Keiton Page, who added 12 points and made 3-of-5 3 point attempts.
*Changes coming?: In postgame comments Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford indicated that he might make some changes to the Cowboys style of play. OSU has more than a week before its next game atCorpus Christi, and Ford said that without an inside presence he might have to reassess pressing and some other tactical decisions.
“We’ve got 10 days to correct this and it will be corrected,” Ford said. “Things are gonna change. I’ve gotta make some changes maybe to adapt to what we have.”
*Sidorakis minutes: Ford, who has stuck pretty firmly to a six or seven man rotation this season, played Nick Sidorakis 11 minutes. The sophomore hit a 3 in the second half and didn’t turn the ball over.