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Bedlam basketball: Cowboys searching for a win in Norman

OSU BASKETBALL — It's been quite a while since the Oklahoma State basketball team has left Norman with a victory. But Norman isn't the only locale where the Cowboys have struggled lately. “You know how we've been on the road in past years... not very good,” Le'Bryan Nash said.
by John Helsley Published: January 11, 2013

“Going into this game, it's Bedlam, so we're going to be focused. They're going to be focused,” Nash said. “It'll be a rowdy crowd.

“We've just got to be prepared. Hopefully we can understand the mentality we need to go in there and win. Because we need a road win. We need road wins to survive in this league.”

OSU's recent trips down I-35 have been frustrating for a variety of reasons.

In 2009, the Cowboys gave the fourth-ranked Sooners and Blake Griffin a scare, only to lose 82-78, before upsetting OU the next week in the Big 12 Tournament.

The following year, OSU lost in overtime, 62-57, as the Sooners surged ahead once Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson was knocked out of the game for an extended period and clearly not the same once he returned.

In 2011, cold second-half shooting doomed the Cowboys in a 64-61 loss.

And last year, the Cowboys managed but 12 first-half points – one more than the program's all-time low – rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to get within three, only to fade late in falling 77-64. Nash remembers it well, for more than the outcome.

“I broke my hand,” he said, referring to an odd play that forced him to miss the remaining four games. “It was tough. We didn't knock down any shots in the first half at all.

“I'm thinking about that and helping this team remember that. Hopefully, we can go in there and some things will be different.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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