OSU coach Travis Ford isn't exactly comfortable with it, but his team is developing a bit of reputation of a strong finisher.
If just not for the weak earlier moments.
Wednesday night at Missouri State, the Cowboys rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the Bears 72-67 – on the road, where they hadn't won since 2010.
OSU has now wiped out three significant second-half deficits in wins – 7, 11 and 12 points.
“It's a very dangerous way to live,” Ford said, “but at this point, we'll take it any way we can.
“No way do we need to start getting full of ourselves, because we have a long way to go. But we showed some fight.”
The Cowboys left Springfield for New York City, where they'll play No. 15 Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Tip time is 1:30 p.m. in the Carquest Auto Parts Classic, televised by ESPN2. Duke will take on Washington in the first game of a doubleheader.
It'll be the second trip to New York City for OSU, which lost twice in the NIT Season Tip-Off over the Thanksgiving holiday, falling to Stanford and Virginia Tech, also in Madison Square Garden.
The last time the Cowboys won a road game was Feb. 17, 2010, at Iowa State.
Few of the current Cowboys were around for that one. But Keiton Page was there, when Obi Muonelo scored 19 straight points during one key spurt to spark that victory.
“Actually, Obi was my roommate that year,” Page said, “he had a great game and he didn't let me forget about it. We still talk about that game to this day.”
Page had a solid game against the Bears on Wednesday night, with his 15 points moving him into a tie with Joe Adkins on OSU's all-time scoring list, at 1,189 points.