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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboy defense sparks win streak

On the season, OSU is holding opponents to 57.8 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting (11th best in the nation).
BY ANTHONY SLATER Modified: November 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford argues a call during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Portland State, Sunday,Nov. 25, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford argues a call during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Portland State, Sunday,Nov. 25, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma State offense arrived in style Sunday afternoon, producing a season-high in points during an impressive 81-58 blowout of Portland State.

But the Cowboys' defense has consistently been there, stifling opponents throughout their five-game win streak to start the season.

Overall, OSU is holding opponents to 57.8 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting (11th best in the nation).

“That's (our identity), that's who we want to be,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “That's who we should be. Percentages and points allowed are goals we're trying to reach.”

The Cowboys have held four straight opponents under 40 percent shooting and three straight opponents under 60 points, both impressive marks.

But despite that, the perfectionist in Ford wasn't happy with the 58 points and 39.6 percent they gave up to Portland State on Sunday.

“I wasn't real happy with our defense in the second half,” he said. “We really could have set a tone and met some goals for ourselves, but the three-point percentages were a little higher than what we want.”

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