Stanford men’s basketball dropped its second straight road game on Tuesday night, falling by 11 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Junior OSU guard Keiton Page led all scorers with 23 points, including the 9 points that tipped the game in favor of Oklahoma State. Page’s buzzer-beating three before the half gave the Cowboys a 1-point lead heading into the break, and his two three pointers in the first 3 minutes after the break gave Oklahoma State a 5-point edge. Stanford never got that close to the home team again (the Oklahoma State lead swelled to as many as 14 but never fewer than 6), and the Cowboys finished their pre-Christmas schedule with an easy win.
Oklahoma State improves to 11-1–tied for the second-best overall record in the Big 12 conference–while Stanford drops to 6-4 overall and 1-4 away from Maples Pavilion.
Stanford showed a marked improvement shooting from the free throw line. The Card shot 76% from the charity stripe and matched Oklahoma State exactly from the field: both teams made 21 shots on 48 attempts (44%).
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins experimented with a new starting line-up in which freshman forward Dwight Powell and junior forward Jack Trotter moved to the bench while guard Gabriel Harris and forward Andrew Zimmerman started. Neither Zimmerman nor Harris played more than 18 minutes, though, and Harris was on the floor for just 5. That left room for the increasingly impressive freshman point guard Aaron Bright to come off the bench and score a career-high 15 points in 33 minutes on the floor. Once again, Josh Owens and Jeremy Green provided the bulk of the scoring for Stanford, with Owens going for 21 and Green for 17. Powell was the 4th Cardinal to score in double digits, adding 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
Oklahoma State’s victory hinged primarily on its ability to shoot the three. Stanford and Oklahoma were identical from the field, and were nearly so on the boards and in terms of ball security. Oklahoma State grabbed just two more rebounds and committed one fewer turnover than Stanford. But while Stanford made only 4 of its 11 attempts from three, the Cowboys went 11-19 from behind the arc, providing them with the offensive boost they needed to pull away from the Card in the second half.
In addition to Page, Oklahoma State enjoyed double-digit scoring performances from four players: starters Marshall Moses and Ray Penn, and bench players Darrell Williams and Jan-Paul Olukemi.
The Card will conclude the 2010 calendar year by hosting Yale on Tuesday the 28th, and will begin PAC-10 play by hosting Bay Area rival California on January 2.