STILLWATER — A lackluster debut for Oklahoma State only seemed to prove one thing — that the Cowboys' trio of Mario Boggan, JamesOn Curry and Marcus Dove were superior to anything Pittsburg State had to offer. Boggan, Curry, and Dove combined to score 70 points to lead OSU 84-67 victory over the Gorillas on Friday night in the exhibition opener in front of a announced crowd of 10,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Watching Sean Sutton in his first game as OSU's head coach was father Eddie Sutton, who stayed until the last eight minutes of the game. Eddie Sutton, who was in the hospital Friday morning after having an allergic reaction to medication, was sitting at center court opposite the teams' benches. "It was good to see him at the game tonight. He is feeling a lot better and doing well," Sean Sutton said about his father. Dove issued a statement about Eddie Sutton. "On behalf of the team, we're glad that coach Sutton is doing well and he was able to come to the game and support us," Dove said.Eddie Sutton watched as OSU fell behind 26-21 after a 12-0 run by the NCAA Division II team from Kansas. But the Cowboys responded and led 34-28 at halftime.OSU took a double-digit lead on a layup by Dove with 14:42 to remaining to make the score 48-37. Boggan, Curry and Dove combined to score 64 of OSU's first 73 points. Boggan led all scorers with 33 points. He added nine rebounds. Curry and Dove scored 24 and 13 points, respectively. "Overall, he is the best offensive player we have on this team," Sean Sutton said of Boggan, who dominated inside. "JamesOn (Curry) is very good, too, but Mario can do so many things. We utilize him in a lot of situations. "He is a very tough matchup for people because he can score with his back to the basket, and he is a very good perimeter shooter. Obviously, the more we can get him the ball, we would like to do that." Pittsburg State is coming off a 9-19 season where it was 0-15 away from home. The Gorillas are coached by Gene Iba, the nephew of Henry Iba, and son of former Tulsa coach Clarence Iba. Gene Iba, a Tulsa graduate, was a graduate assistant under Henry Iba for two years in the late 1960s at OSU. Gene Iba, who has a 432-317 record in 26 years, had not been to a game at OSU since the re-modeling of Gallagher-Iba.
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Oklahoma State’s JamesOn Curry, left, drives past Pittsburg State’s Keith Windom in the second half Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU won 84-67. By MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN