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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys drop Missouri State

by John Helsley Modified: December 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012
/articleid/3736035/1/pictures/1903478">Photo - OSU head coach Travis Ford talks with Kirby Gardner (1) during a men's college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Missouri State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. OSU won, 62-42. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU head coach Travis Ford talks with Kirby Gardner (1) during a men's college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Missouri State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. OSU won, 62-42. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“I couldn't ask for better defense in the first half,” Ford said. “It was great, the rebounding was great.”

And then…

“We came out in the second half thinking the same thing,” said Cowboys forward Michael Cobbins. “Credit to them, because they actually came out and made shots, even beat us (29-28) in the second half.

“But we’ve got to change that. Can’t let that happen again.”

Contributing to the ugliness that ensued was a scuffling offensive stretch for the Cowboys. They didn’t score until the 16:08 mark of the period, as the Bears opened on a 10-0 run. The lead was still 11, 42-31, when OSU turned it on with a 12-0 surge, aided by a switch to a zone defense and boosting the margin back to blowout status

The Cowboys were mostly ragged offensively, shooting 42.9 percent for the game, a mark dragged by a 4-for-23 effort from beyond the arc. Still, it was far superior to MissouriState’s final 33.3 percent. And an overall 46-22 bulge on the boards allowed OSU to control the game.

Brown led all scorers with 15 points, while Cobbins had 10 points and eight rebounds in his most extensive work of the season after missing the first five games with a fractured toe. Le’Bryan Nash added 10 points, while Kamari Murphy grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Marcus Smart added seven points and seven boards.

“Overall, I was pleased with how we played and got out of that game with a win. Really was,” Ford said. “Obviously, there was a few segments there I could sit around and complain about and be mad about and all of that…

“I understand the mentality a little bit. I kind of chalk it up to that. We’ve got to be a little more mature than that and handle a lead a little better than that. Still, end up winning by 20.”

 

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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