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BY JOHN HELSLEY Published: March 7, 2010

STILLWATER — James Anderson slashed through the lane Saturday, drew a foul and flipped the basketball blindly over his head toward the goal.

Up and in, of course, and a made free throw to follow, because that’s the kind of season it’s been for Anderson, leaving Oklahoma State fans wishing and wanting for more.

And so it began, with a 74-55 rout of Nebraska well under way, the crowd began to chant: "One more year! One more year!”

"I was chanting it, too,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. "I might have been the one who started it.”

Nice try. Anderson — a junior — long ago announced his intention to jump to the NBA after this season.

Still, nothing wrong with spreading some love, which flowed throughout OSU’s romp before an estimated 11,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Finishing the regular season at 21-9 overall and 9-7 in the conference, the Cowboys now advance to the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 7 seed.

The matchup: Bedlam, with a 6 p.m. Wednesday tip against No. 10-seed Oklahoma at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

On Senior Day against the Cornhuskers, Obi Muonelo, the Cowboys’ lone senior and a fan favorite, was saluted long and loud before and after he scored 13 points.

The Cowboys made the verdict moot midway through the first half, contributing to a festival atmosphere that included one of the campus police officers taking a capable turn in the pep band on the drums.

And Anderson, almost certainly in his Gallagher-Iba farewell, scored a game-high 25 points, setting up the obvious question heading into today’s Player of the Year announcement from the Big 12 office.

Is Anderson the Big 12’s best?

"No question,” said Nebraska coach Doc Sadler.