No. 10 Oklahoma St. 90, Jackson St. 41

Sunday, December 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ A slow start proved to be just a temporary problem for No. 10 Oklahoma State.

After falling behind early, the Cowboys got their running game going and finished with a 90-41 victory over Jackson State on Saturday night.

Fredrik Jonzen scored 21 points, including 15 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Cowboys (9-0) held Jackson State 31 points below its season average.

``We are really a good team when we're in transition, when we're running,'' coach Eddie Sutton said.

The Cowboys had not played since holding on to beat Wichita State 61-59 on Dec. 1. The rustiness of not playing in a week showed early as the Cowboys fell behind 10-4.

But Victor Williams made two 3-pointers and Maurice Baker had one to help start a 19-2 run that turned the deficit into a 23-12 lead. Jackson State missed 11 of 12 shots during that span.

The Tigers, who made four of their first seven shots from the field, went just 4-of-21 the rest of the half.

``It was really our defense,'' Sutton said. ``Once our defense got the basketball for us, we had the ability to get the ball down the floor and hit easy shots.''

Jackson State was able to cut the first-half deficit to 25-19 before Oklahoma State regained control with a 12-0 spurt. Andre Williams, who had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, scored six points and Jonzen had four during the run.

In the second half, the Cowboys pushed the margin to 48-27 before scoring 18 straight thanks to two 3-pointers by Victor Williams, one by Jonzen and a three-point play by Cheyne Gadson.

Ivan McFarlin had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Victor Williams scored 14 for the Cowboys.

Opponents had outrebounded Jackson State by an average of 13 per game, and that continued as Oklahoma State had a 54-26 edge on the glass against the smaller Tigers. The Cowboys also had their way inside on the offensive end _ McFarlin, Jonzen and Williams were a combined 19-of-27 from the field.

``That's something we talked about before the game, is we need to go inside with it,'' Jonzen said.

Kelly Ross scored 11 for Jackson State (1-6), which shot just 26 percent (15-of-57) and had 19 turnovers.

``You don't play an Eddie Sutton team after they've had a scare and a week to prepare,'' said coach Andy Stoglin, alluding to Oklahoma State's narrow victory a week earlier. ``I knew they were going to come out here and make a statement after Eddie gave them some motivation.''

The Cowboys don't play again until Dec. 17 due to final exams.