By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma State beat TCU 64-47 on Wednesday, extending its road win streak to five games. Here’s some rapid reaction:
It was over when…
…TCU was involved. Taking away the Kansas aberration, the Horned Frogs are 0-14 in Big 12 play, losing by an average of 18.1 points per game. As long as the Cowboys played relatively energized (which they did), TCU never had a chance.
Star of the game – Le’Bryan Nash
Back in the Metroplex, Le’Bryan Nash played like he was back in high school. He was calm, confident, fluid and, most importantly for him, energized. Those positive factors allowed his natural offensive talent to flourish. Nash finished an efficient 12-of-16 shooting for a career-high 28 points. He also added six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Good for him, especially with more than 30 friends and family members in attendance.
For a couple of long stretches in the first half, Travis Ford went with his hyper-athletic lineup of Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Brian Williams, Le’Bryan Nash and Michael Cobbins. Why’s that news? Remember before the season, before Brian Williams went down with a bad wrist injury, that was Ford’s projected starting lineup. Finally, with Williams back and rounding into form, we’re starting to see what it looks like. They stifled TCU with their athleticism, length and pressure, leading to a pair of nice first half runs. That could be the five we see most come tournament time.
Here’s an example of what that lineup can do. Smart steal, Markel dish, Williams finish, with the foul.
Stats of note
-Oklahoma State finished February 5-0 on the road. Incredible for a team who, before that streak, won only one of its previous 22 conference road games.
-Phil Jurick had four points in the first three minutes. That’s more than he’s scored in seven of his past eight games.
-Nash finished with 28. No other Cowboy had more than nine points.
“Good shot selection, scoring the basketball near the basket, taking big guys off the dribble…He made some nice moves.” -Travis Ford on Le’Bryan Nash
Oklahoma State gets Texas in Gallagher-Iba on Saturday. Tip is at 3 p.m. on ESPN.