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Big 12 Tournament: Cezar Guerrero leads OSU men past Texas Tech

by John Helsley Published: March 7, 2012

Guerrero, who started for the first time since Jan. 28 in the wake of Philip Jurick's season-ending injury suffered at K-State, didn't even attempt a shot in the first half. But he went 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, providing fresh legs, a fresh breath and 16 points.

“Well, I just felt like I needed to bring energy in, just get these guys going again,” Guerrero said. “And I'm very thankful that my guys set me up and got me open looks.

“I just came in bringing the spark. And just bringing the energy, like I always did before. And it just so happens that I got going. I mean, I went off, got 16 points.”

Keiton Page scored a game-high 20 points, and Williams added 19 for the Cowboys, who improved to 10-0 in first-round games at the Big 12 Tournament.

Guerrero's playing time had dwindled during league play, when he went scoreless in eight of 15 games and missed another to a suspension, before Le'Bryan Nash's hand injury resulted in an increase in playing time in the Cowboys' final three regular season games.

He responded, too, playing more under control and providing positive minutes — 18 with five points against Texas A&M; 24 with two points and two assists against Kansas; and finally 34 minutes, 15 points and five assists Saturday at Kansas State.

And Guerrero was there when the Cowboys needed him most against Tech.

“Right now, Coach Ford needs me,” Guerrero said. “He needs me to really get people going and get myself going as well. He expects a lot out of me, and I want to make him proud and make the team proud and not let this run end here.

“I want to keep going.”