“I've got a lot of respect for McGruder,” said OSU guard Markel Brown. “He just took over the game, making timely 3s, getting to the paint, getting points off second-chance points. He just did what he was supposed to do for his team.”
UP NEXT: TCU
The Cowboys return home Wednesday night, facing Big 12 newcomer TCU.
Tip time is 7 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Horned Frogs are 9-5 after dropping their conference debut against Texas Tech, 62-53, Saturday night in Fort Worth.
COWBOYS LOST WAY LATE
Despite being forced to play with a small lineup for much of Saturday's game, the Cowboys managed offensively by using their guards to slash and drive to the basket.
Late in the game, however, they got away from what was working, taking several ill-advised jumpers. OSU managed but one field goal the final 9:46 and none in the final three minutes.
“Looking back, I probably should have called some timeouts,” Ford said. “But the way we were scoring was off drives. And if you call timeouts, it allows the other team's defense to set up. I was hoping we'd drive the ball like we had. We were not scoring on sets.
“Hindsight is 20-20. If we'd won, I'd probably be sitting here saying, ‘I'm glad we didn't call timeouts.' But I wish we would have drove the ball.”