Bedlam basketball notebook: Defensive plays highlight OSU's finish

When it got to crunch time Saturday, with the game in overtime and begging for someone to make a decisive play, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart each produced turning points on the defensive end.
by John Helsley and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 16, 2013

Officially a sellout, additional general admission tickets were also sold, resulting in an overflow that had some fans standing on the inner concourses.

“They gave us a lot of support,” said Cowboys sophomore Le'Bryan Nash said. “They helped us out a lot. When the momentum changed, you could see the crowd change it. It got louder and louder. Sometimes, I couldn't even hear myself. I'm trying to talk to my teammates and I couldn't even hear myself.

“It was a big crowd. And it really motivated me to play harder.”

OSU coach Travis Ford took doughnuts to students who arrived in the morning and received constant updates about long lines forming outside the arena.

“It was a difference for us,” Ford said. “Make no mistake, the crowd and the atmosphere was a difference for us, especially in a game like this where I didn't think we were playing great. We needed that extra and they gave us that extra. It was exciting to see. I think they saw a good game.”

CLARK PROVIDES NEW LIFT

Junior reserve Cam Clark is known for giving Oklahoma a lift.

Usually it's with a burst of points. Saturday, Clark registered only one field goal, yet grabbed seven boards, the second-most for the Sooners behind Romero Osby's game-high 15.

FORD PAYS TRIBUTE TO BUDKE

For the second time, Ford donned an orange blazer, ala late Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke.

And for the second straight season, it was the fashion statement in a Bedlam home win.

“In honor of Coach Budke,” Ford said. “That's why I do it. Definitely, that's why I do it.”

Brown signed off on the look.

“I like it,” Brown said. “It's a fly jacket. “It represents a very respectable man here in Coach Budke. I like it. I wish I could wear it out there on the court.”

OU'S NEXT 3

Wednesday: at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Baylor, 4 p.m.

Feb. 27: at Texas, 8 p.m.

OSU'S NEXT 3

Wednesday: Kansas, 8 p.m.

Saturday: at West Virginia, 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: at TCU, 6 p.m.


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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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