Saturday, November 21, 1998


R A I N B O W _ B A S K E T B A L L




Cowboys
have their way

No. 13 OSU wins championship;
Hawaii is held to fewer than
40 points for the first time
in 16 years

By Paul Arnett
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Oklahoma State head basketball coach Eddie Sutton doesn't have any drugstore cowboys dotting his lineup.

This hard-nosed, jutting-jaw outfit is filled with real-deal players who understand that the best way to win is to keep the other team from scoring.

Granted, No. 13 Oklahoma State didn't pitch a shutout in last night's 58-37 victory over Hawaii in the championship of the VoiceStream Wireless Challenge.

But the Cowboys threw a net over the Rainbows in the second half, limiting them to a meager 15 points to run their season record to 3-0.

"We played excellent defense and played with a lot more patience offensively," Sutton said of the stellar performance. "We were able to shut them down in the second half and use the 45-second clock to our advantage.

"If you get ahead, you can just run down the clock and take your opponent and the crowd completely out of the game. I think it frustrated them because we had an answer for everything they tried to do offensively."

Hawaii kept it close in the first half and cut Oklahoma State's advantage to 27-24 with 19:28 remaining. But the Cowboys put together a 21-2 run over the next 10 minutes to put the game well out of reach.


By Ryan Yamashiro, special to the Star-Bulletin
UH Rainbow Casey Cartwright off the boards with
Oklahoma State’s Adrian Peterson as Brian
Montonati gets a look.



Brian Montonati came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 11 rebounds for the Cowboys, who held the Rainbows to 6-for-25 shooting in the second half.

"They aren't pretty, but their defense is as effective as any we've seen in the last few years," UH head coach Riley Wallace said. "They were better than Indiana or Kansas last year.

"The only team we might face this year that will play a defensive style similar to that is Utah. They just get right in your face and overplay you. We had some backdoor cuts. We just didn't execute them. We weren't playing aggressively enough to make that pass."

By the end of the game, the Rainbows weren't playing at all. Their offense in shambles, the final 10 minutes were filled with lazy passes and ill-advised one-on-one sessions down low.

Hawaii didn't have anyone in double digits as the Rainbows were held to fewer than 40 points for the first time in 16 years.

Marquette Alexander, who looked like a quality Division I athlete in Hawaii's 62-44 victory over Nicholls State on Thursday, resembled a junior college transfer not ready for the bright lights of the top 25 against Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys held him to only six points and six rebounds. Erin Galloway was the leading scorer for the Rainbows with nine points. Fellow senior Mike Robinson added eight points and five boards.

"I don't want to hear any of that talk about growing pains," Robinson said. "That sounds like an excuse and we don't have one. They just flat kicked our butts."

Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson was named the tournament's most valuable player. Alexander was named to the All-Tournament team for Hawaii along with the Cowboys' Desmond Mason and Doug Gottlieb and Mike Bergen of Marquette.

Bullet Marquette 51, Nicholls St. 48: John Cliff hit a 3-pointer, his first points of the game, with 45 seconds left to lift Marquette over Nicholls State in the consolation game.

Cliff, whose basket broke a 47-47 tie, then made a clutch play on the defensive as he was fouled grabbing a rebound.

He made one of two free throws to give the Golden Eagles a four-point lead with 19.5 seconds left. But Cliff nearly gave the points back when he fouled Linzie Green on a 3-point attempt with 9.4 seconds left.

Green converted only one free throw, but the Colonels got another try when they forced a jump ball on the rebound 4.8 seconds left.

Green missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.

Tapa

VoiceStream Wireless Classic

Bullet Oklahoma State 58, Hawaii 37

At Stan Sheriff Center

Cowboys (3-0 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Peterson	34	4	13	4	4	4	3	12
Mason		37	6	11	0	0	6	0	13
Adkins		26	2	8	2	2	3	2	8
Gottlieb	39	3	5	1	3	1	0	7
Webber		16	0	0	0	2	2	4	0
Jonzen		9	1	2	0	0	2	2	2
Montonati	26	6	10	2	2	11	3	14
Gilmore		6	0	0	0	1	0	3	0
Robisch		7	1	1	0	0	1	0	2
Team						1
	Totals	200	23	50	9	14	31	17	58
Rainbows (1-2 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Galloway	36	4	7	1	3	5	2	9
M. Robinson	23	3	12	2	2	5	2	8
White		37	0	3	0	2	0	3	0
Cartwright	35	4	8	0	0	5	1	8
G. Robinson	16	1	5	0	0	2	0	2
McIntyre	3	0	1	0	0	0	3	0
Lee		8	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
Czernin		21	2	5	0	1	3	2	4
Alexander	21	3	7	0	1	6	1	6
Team						3
	Totals	200	17	48	3	9	30	14	37
Halftime score--Oklahoma State 27, PHawaii 22.

3-point goals--Oklahoma State 3-11 (Adkins 2-5, Mason 1-4, Peterson 0-1, Gottlieb 0-1), UH 0-6 (Cartwright 0-3, White 0-1, G. Robinson 0-1, McIntyre 0-1)).

Assists--Oklahoma State 14 (Gottlieb 7), UH 8 (Galloway 3, White 3). Turnovers--Oklahoma State 8

(Peterson 2), UH 16 (Alexander 4). Steals--Oklahoma State 8 (Mason 3), UH 3 (Galloway 1, M. Robinson 1, White 1). Blocked shots--Oklahoma State 3 (Peterson 1, Mason 1, Robisch 1), UH 3 (Galloway 1, M. Robinson 1, White 1).

Technicals--None.

A--7,816. Officials: McKendry, Shortnacy, Fuentes.

Bullet Marquette 51, Nicholls State 48

Golden Eagles (3-1 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Bargen		24	3	6	3	4	2	5	10
Miller		26	0	1	0	0	5	2	0
Polonowski	13	2	6	0	0	0	0	4
Nnamaka		22	2	3	2	4	2	3	7
Lovette		34	6	9	2	3	2	2	15
Cliff		17	1	5	1	2	3	2	4
Henry		1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Duffy		13	0	2	0	0	1	1	0
Wardle		31	2	7	4	6	5	1	9
Harris		15	0	3	0	0	4	2	0
Clausen		4	1	1	0	0	4	0	2
Team						7
	Totals	200	17	43	12	19	37	18	51
Colonels (1-3 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
McCutcheon, J.	33	4	13	0	0	3	2	8
McCutcheon, T	34	1	3	1	2	3	0	3
Green		30	5	14	8	9	2	0	18
Blake		25	2	7	0	0	6	4	4
Wright		25	2	6	0	1	4	3	4
Howard		22	2	8	0	0	3	2	5
Worrell		12	2	4	2	3	3	4	6
Beaudean	2	0	1	0	0	1	0	0
Marie		10	0	2	0	0	2	0	0
Williams	7	0	1	0	0	2	0	0
Team						3
	Totals	200	18	59	11	15	32	17	48
Halftime score--Marquette 26, Nicholls State 26

3-point goals--Marquette 5-15: Bargen 1-3, Polonowski 0-1, Nnamaka 1-2, Lovette 1-1, Cliff 1-4, Duffy 0-1, Wardle 1-3. Nicholls State 1-14: J. McCutceon 0-1, T. McCutcheon 0-2, Green 0-4, Blake 0-1, Howartd 1-6.

Assists--Marquette 12 (Miler 5); Nicholls State 5 (T. McCutcheon 2. Turnovers--Marquette 23, Nicholls State 13. Steals--Marquette 5, Nicholls State 15. Blocked shots--Marquette 5, Nicholls State 3. Technicals--None.



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