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I thought we did an excellent job on the big fella, as good a job as we can possibly do," said Ford, referring to Griffin. "We just didn't want to give him 25, and we did a pretty good job of that."
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said the Cowboys tried to front Griffin defensively at all costs and hope the Sooners' outside shooters weren't hitting. Perhaps because of that strategy, Oklahoma State dealt with foul trouble much of the game, as forward Marshall Moses picked up two quick early fouls while defending Griffin and received his fourth with 17:26 left.
At the 13:50 mark, Anderson, the Cowboys' leading scorer, was whistled for his fourth foul, and he joined Moses on the bench.
But he did so with Oklahoma State in the midst of a 9-0 run, fueled by seven points from Eaton, that gave the Cowboys their biggest lead to that point, 49-41 with 13:26 left. A layup by Terrel Harris extended the margin to 54-45 with 11:12 left.
But the Sooners rallied to tie the game at 56 with 9:27 left behind Warren, who had a three-point play, then assisted Juan Patillo on another three-point play and Crocker on a 3-pointer during an 11-2 run.
Anderson and Moses returned with 4:35 left and the Cowboys nursing a 64-62 lead, but Moses fouled out at the 3:44 mark and was slapped with a technical foul for expressing his displeasure with the call.
Griffin recorded his 26th double-double of the season, tops in NCAA Division I, but managed only nine shots after scoring 33 points in the Sooners' win over Oklahoma State on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
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