Beatdown in Stillwater: Oklahoma State Leaves No Doubt in Bedlam Rematch

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 12:  Keiton Page #12; Anthony Brown #4; James Anderson #23 and Obi Muonelo #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals at the Ford Center March 12, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Bedlam: a scene of uproar and confusion. 

That's what the first bedlam game gave Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fans this season. A game that was back and forth the entire game without any team controlling the game consistently. 

The Cowboys led by eight halfway through the second half thanks to there superstar, "Big Game" James Anderson. However, Anderson left the game not long after that lead was taken after his had smacked against the hardwood. 

As the Cowboys fell to the Sooners in overtime, everyone in the Big 12 knew how to stop the Cowboys. However, Feb. 13 brought forth a completely different side of the Cowboys. 

After hard fought loss against the Texas Longhorns, the Cowboys lost again at Texas Tech. Head coach Travis Ford's young squad needed to regain their focus. 

They did just that. 

The Sooners came in poised to send the Cowboys on a three-game losing streak and sweep bedlam. Anderson, however, had something else in mind. 

After falling behind early 15-21, Anderson took over the first half, scoring eight points in less than 41 seconds. From that point on, Anderson and company routed the Sooners. 

Anderson finished the game with 31 points, but he wasn't alone. Sophomore Keiton Page scored a career high 25, senior Obi Muonelo added 17, and junior Matt Pilgrim had 16 and 9 rebounds. 

This win is more than just a win over their rivals, but its a step in the right direction after losing freshman point guard Ray Penn for the season to a stress fracture in his shin. 

Anderson also continued his attempt at winning the national Player of the Year award. He has single handily carried the Cowboys for a majority of the season, never scoring less than double figures. 

Also, with this win, the Cowboys leave little to no doubt that there poised to make an NCAA tournament run. 

Bedlam was so much more than a win for the Cowboys. It was a statement made to the entire Big 12. Anderson and his Cowboys are going to fight for everything, and won't go away quietly.