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OSU notebook: Cowboys refocused in second half, challenged by coach Travis Ford

Among the items Ford wanted from his team: better rebounding and offensive flow.
by John Helsley Published: January 15, 2014

Although leading by 14 and clearly headed toward another win, the Cowboys were challenged at halftime by coach Travis Ford.

“We talked about a lot of things at halftime,” said Ford, whose team eventually won 82-50. “We were actually in there for a long time, and there were a lot of things we needed to do better in the second half. We went out and did most of them.”

Among the items: better rebounding, after being tied 17-17 on the boards through 20 minutes; more offensive flow; getting Le'Bryan Nash involved.

The Cowboys out-rebounded TCU 29-16 in the second half and worked the offense better by getting Nash going, with the junior scoring 11 of his 13 points. Nash made just 1 of 5 shots, with one rebound in the first half.

“I had a terrible first half,” said Nash, who finished with eight boards, “so that was one of the key points coming out in the second half, to get me going inside.”


The Cowboys return Saturday to their breakthrough site of a year ago: Allen Fieldhouse.

Tip time is 3 p.m. for a CBS national television audience.

It was at Kansas last February where OSU ended the Jayhawks' 33-game home court winning streak and snapped its own seven-game Big 12 road losing streak, winning 85-80.

KU again sits atop the Big 12 standings at 3-0 and is 12-4 overall.


Ford has stressed collective rebounding with his Cowboys as a way of making up for the loss of forward Michael Cobbins.

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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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