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HIGH NOON HIGHLIGHTS (1/25): Basketball Bonanza, featuring Big Mitch, Cowgirl Basketball and an Eddie Sutton disciple.

It’s Thursday my dudes

The Associated Press

It’s High Noon.

Brian Montonait and the Owasso Rams are on a 12-game win streak

An Eddie Sutton-era Cowboy, Brian Montonait, is the head basketball coach at Owasso high school. The Rams are on a TCU-style win streak, as they’re currently on a 12-game run. There’s no doubt that Montonait is using similar coaching styles of Sutton, which would be deadly in high school ball.

Cowgirl basketball falls to Iowa State, proving Big 12 competition.

If there’s one thing we know about Big 12 Athletics, it’s that no one is safe. It’s like March Madness. Anyone can hit the hardwoods and get a win. The Cowgirls fell to the Iowa State Cyclones last night 78-69. The loss dropped Oklahoma State to 5-3 in conference play, with Baylor (7-0) and Texas (6-1) heading the rankings. The Cyclones (2-6), came out of nowhere to give the Cowgirls their first loss in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Reminding us that no matter who takes the court, when it comes to the Big-12, the victor is always uncertain.

The Cyclones used a 30-point fourth quarter in the come-from-behind victory over the Cowgirls, who led 52-48 after three quarters.

Bridget Carleton dropped 39 points on 16-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also had nine rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 40 minutes of work for Iowa State.

Meanwhile, Loryn Goodwin continued her domination on the season, scoring 30 points – including an impressive 14-of-16 from the free throw line – to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes.

Her Cowgirl teammate Kaylee Jensen posted her 11th double-double on the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 boards in the loss.

Big Mitch is now in the record books of Gallagher-Iba Arena

In four years of play, Mitchell Solomon has done nothing but progress. Each year, Solomon has developed into one of the greatest big men of Cowboy basketball. After Texas Tech, Solomon has recorded over 500 rebounds, over 100 blocks and a shooting percentage of over 50 percent.

He’s now one of eight Cowboys to achieve this accomplishment. Solomon joins Leroy Combs, Byron Houston, Joe Atkinson, Bryant Reeves, Ivan McFarlin, Andre Williams and Mike Cobbs. There’s no doubt in my mind that Mitchell Solomon is here to fully leave his mark on Cowboy Basketball.

Solomon has improved each season he has been here, but it’s hard to believe that one of his greatest skills doesn’t show up on the stat sheet — hustle. A coach can try to teach hustle, but his players have to have the passion to sacrifice the body to keep the ball inbounds or dive for the loose balls — something Trae Young wasn’t willing to do.

Here’s Orange Power’s view of the pivotal play.

As we head into the SEC Challenge and the Cowboys travel to Fayetteville to face the Arkansas Razorbacks, Solomon’s size and skill will be crucial to a cowboy win on the road.

Happy Thursday and Go Pokes.