If possible, it seemed like Oklahoma State was in foul trouble from the opening tip in Saturday night's 58-49 loss at Texas.
“Man,” said Cowboys guard Keiton Page, “we were.”
Still, while the Cowboys were upset with the total – 29 fouls – they accepted some of the blame, too.
“That's another thing coach (Travis Ford) has been stressing on us,” Page said. “We've got to play good aggressive defense without getting our hands in there. Tonight we got caught sticking our hands in there too much, getting cheap little fouls we didn't need to get at crucial times for us.”
Said Ford: “They said we committed 29 fouls. If we did, we've got to do something about it. We'll see. We'll take a look.”
Time for a Big Monday clash. And a Bedlam Big Monday at that.
Oklahoma visits Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first meeting between the two teams. Tip time is 6 p.m.
The Sooners are 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12, after falling at home, 72-61, to Kansas Saturday.
After averaging 23.6 points over the past three games, Page was held to six points and five shots by the Longhorns.
Texas chased him closely, often shadowing Page with super-quick Myck Kabongo.
The Longhorns freshman also scored 15 points and handed out six assists.
“I thought Myck Kabongo was terrific,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes. “I think he played the best game he's played since he's been at Texas.”
Wednesday night against Texas Tech, the Cowboys committed just two turnovers, setting a program record low.
At Texas, they had their second turnover just 1:13 into the game and finished with 21, matching a season-high set against Langston.
“I said it last game, that I didn't have an explanation for that,” Ford said. “But 21 is too many, way too many.”
* The Cowboys have now lost 11 straight Big 12 road games, after going winless in enemy league arenas a year ago. They also lost their eighth straight in Austin.
* Brian Williams, in his second start, scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
* One key for Texas – a 28-3 edge in bench scoring. Cezar Guerrero and Marek Soucek were scoreless, with Guerrero going 0-for-6 from the floor.