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Survival Counts

by John Helsley Published: December 17, 2009

By John Helsley
jhelsley@opubco.com

For Cowboys fans, there was much to love and hate about Wednesday night’s win at Stanford.

On the bright side, of course, was a win. As they say, a win is a win is a win. Especially on the road.

And James Anderson played like the star he is. And Obi Muonelo reminded us of his ability to recognize — and deliver — when he’s needed most, firing for 18 second-half points.

And you had to like the way that with the game in danger of slipping away, freshman point guard Ray Penn — held scoreless to that point — looked as cool and refreshing as meringue on lemon pie.

Now to the dark side.

The Pokes nearly choked away a 15-point lead against a team with one real scoring threat.

Marshall Moses, one outing after scoring a career-high 28 points, got zip against Stanford, falling into foul trouble and playing just 14 minutes. The Cowboys need Moses every night, with little trusted help inside except for Matt Pilgrim, who has his own fouling issues.

Except for Anderson and Muonelo, OSU’s perimeter shooting was atrocious: 2-of-14 from 3-point range by everyone else combined.

An ugly win? The final five minutes, yeah.

But the first 35 were actually pretty appealing.

And remember, blemishes and all, a win is a win is a win.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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