STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Veteran Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson employed his shot-clock-eating offense against an Oklahoma State team that entered Tuesday averaging 88.4 points per game.
His ploy worked for 20 minutes.
After scoring only 30 points in the first half, the seventh-ranked Cowboys went on an 18-2 run to start the second half to run away from the Hornets for a 75-43. It dropped Delaware State (2-9) to 0-9 all-time against Big 12 Conference opposition.
"I thought we did an excellent job in the first half," said Jackson, in his 14th season at Delaware State. "We played with discipline and we played hard. Then talent took over; the difference in that ball game is simple talent. We controlled the tempo in the first half and held (OSU) to 30 points, but they played at their pace the rest of the way. You can only play with emotion for so long.
"I thought we competed hard; I thought we rebounded the ball really well."
Kendall Gray led Delaware State with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kendal Williams finished with 11 points. Tyshawn Bell, the Hornets' leading scorer entering Tuesday, had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
A 30-16 halftime advantage ballooned to 48-18 four minutes into the second half thanks mainly to full-court defensive pressure. After playing at Jackson's pace for 20 minutes, Cowboys coach Travis Ford decided it was time to play at his team's up-tempo pace the rest of the way.
"We played hard in the first half, but we didn't play with the energy or push the ball the way we wanted," said Ford, whose team returns to the court against Colorado in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas on Saturday. "We didn't make anything happen; we played within the slow-down style of basketball. I told the guys at halftime that we were better than how we were playing."
"(Delaware State) wanted to slow it down a lot, and we actually got to put some pressure on them and we pushed the ball," said Cowboys senior guard Markel Brown. "I think that is when we are at our best when we're pushing the ball, moving down the court and taking fluid shots that we like to take."
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