STILLWATER — When starting forward Marshall Moses was suspended following his arrest on a marijuana possession charge, it left Oklahoma State without its only true post presence.
No problem. The Cowboys simply relied on their outside shooting instead.
James Anderson scored 26 points, Keiton Page added 20 points and Oklahoma State beat Coppin State 79-61 Tuesday night while attempting its most 3-pointers of the season.
Moses watched the game from the Cowboys bench in a gray sweater after being charged earlier in the day with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. Moses, who was averaging a double-double, was arrested early Monday morning, and coach Travis Ford decided to make him sit out one game.
Without Moses inside, Oklahoma State (12-2) attempted 34 3-pointers — matching the second most in school history — and tied a season high by making 10. Page led the way with five 3-pointers, and Obi Muonelo made three while scoring 15 points.
"I was happy with the threes we took. We probably only forced two or three," Ford said. "But when a team plays you like that and you're without your leading post scorer, we needed to get some shots up."
Michael Harper led Coppin State (5-7) with 21 points, and reserve Sam Coleman scored 13. The Eagles have lost their first four games on a midseason, eight-game road trip.
Besides Moses' absence, the Cowboys were also dealing with a spate of sickness that Page blamed on some bad food several players ate following a 63-59 loss against Rhode Island on Saturday. Point guard Ray Penn didn't start and played only 17 minutes, but Page played 37 minutes despite feeling like he was lacking some energy.
Matt Pilgrim had a team-high nine rebounds in 13 minutes after missing the last two games due to a separate illness.
"Obviously tonight we weren't too deep with Matt being out for a while, Marshall being out tonight and we knew that there was a lot of slack that we needed to take up," Page said.
Moses' suspension came just before the start of Big 12 play, with No. 22 Texas Tech coming to Stillwater on Saturday. But Ford said any suggestion that Moses would've gotten a longer suspension at a different time was wrong.
"People have no idea what else he's doing. He would probably like to be suspended more, let me tell you," Ford said. "If they're thinking I need to suspend him more because he needs to be punished, they don't have to worry about it. They can relax and sleep at night. I don't want to keep them up at night worried that he's not suspended more."
Ford said he picked up Moses from jail early Monday morning following his arrest shortly after midnight.
"I think it shocked him a little bit," Ford said. "You know, the word family when you're around teams is used very loosely all the time. And I look at it that way. These are my kids. When I got the phone call, I went straight there immediately. I wanted him to know that he's going to be held accountable by me but also we were going to support him as well.
"He's hearing everything else that everybody's hearing, but I told him, 'I'm not going to throw you out in the middle of the sea and let you just swim by yourself. We're going to make you learn your lesson, and you need to become a better person for this. Sometimes you need a kick in the head.'"
Ford said he carefully considered Moses' punishment and reasoned that it was the first time the 20-year-old had been in trouble. Moses had been criticized early last season for being messy and immature, but cleaned up his act to become a key contributor for the Cowboys as they earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament in four years.
"Marshall's come a long way, no question. I'm telling you, I've been around this kid a long time," Ford said. "Am I disappointed in him? He knows I am. He knows I am. He feels bad about it. Hopefully, as I told him, you try to make a negative into a positive the best way you can."
Anderson scored at least 25 points for the seventh time this season despite going only 2 for 10 from 3-point range. He was 7 for 9 from inside the arc.