STILLWATER — For all the emphasis the Oklahoma State Cowboys place on rebounding in practices, the work isn't translating to games.
Kansas State, the Big 12 Conference's best statistical rebounding team, battered the Cowboys 50-29 on the boards Saturday and turned 22 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.
“We didn't follow through with the scouting report,” said freshman forward Michael Cobbins after the Cowboys' 66-58 loss to K-State. “They told us what they were going to do, get to the inside. Credit to them, they did that.
“It's just something we can't continue to let happen. We've got to get better at that and really focus in, box our man out and go get the rebound.”
And with a shortage of big men, the Cowboys need a commitment to rebounding from everyone.
“We've got to get more people in there fighting for rebounds,” said guard Brian Williams.
UP NEXT: MISSOURI
The Cowboys, now losers of three straight, are back inside Gallagher-Iba Arena to face Missouri Wednesday night.
Mizzou's resume is among the best in the country.
The No. 5-ranked Tigers won 89-88 at No. 3 Baylor Saturday, adding to a list of victims that includes three league teams who have beaten the Cowboys — Iowa State, Texas and Baylor — along with Notre Dame, Cal and Illinois.
Mizzou's only loss came at Kansas State.
K-STATE ENDS STILLWATER SKID
After leading much of the game Saturday, Kansas State found itself facing a familiar fade inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, when the Cowboys pulled within 59-56 on a Keiton Page 3-pointer with two minutes left.
The 'Cats had lost 11 straight in Stillwater and coach Frank Martin hadn't won there at all.
“You sit there as a coach, and you don't tell your players this, but every year I've been here something has happened where we unraveled,” Martin said. “K-State hasn't won here since '93. I know these things but I don't tell them that.
“You sit there and say this can't happen again. But I was really proud of the way they stayed the course.”
By John Helsley