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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys force 31 turnovers, hammer Texas-Arlington

Markel Brown finishes with a game-high 17 points for Oklahoma State, which improved to 9-1. No. 24-ranked Cowboys have won four straight games.
by John Helsley Published: December 19, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) steals the ball in front of Texas-Arlington's Brandon Edwards (35) during a college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and UT Arlington at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) steals the ball in front of Texas-Arlington's Brandon Edwards (35) during a college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and UT Arlington at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — Texas-Arlington arrived at Gallagher-Iba Arena with a reputation for carelessness.

Against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, the Mavericks lived up — or is it down? — to the bad rep.

The Cowboys rolled 69-44, romping to a big early lead with UTA committing 20 turnovers … in the first half.

The record watch was on after that, with the opponent record for turnovers in a game at 36, set by Prairie View A&M in 2007. The Mavs fell short, so to speak, finishing with 31 turnovers, a season-high, yet representative of who they've been through eight games.

“That was a big part of the scouting report, how they couldn't handle pressure,” said OSU center Philip Jurick. “We just kind of embraced it.”

And attacked it.

“We wanted to be aggressive,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “It wasn't necessarily just against UT-Arlington, but we talked the past two days about wanting to get back to pressuring the ball.

“I think that had a lot to do with it. We pressured the ball a lot more tonight. We wanted to do it, but when they started turning it over, it kind of fed into us.”

The No. 24-ranked Cowboys improved to 9-1 and ran their winning streak to four games, with four players finishing in double figures scoring. Markel Brown led the way with a game-high 17 points, while Phil Forte added 13 and Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart had 10 each.

Yet in this game, offense was secondary.

The Mavericks, falling to 5-3, averaged just 64.7 points a game coming in, yet had played respectively in their previous two losses, both to Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Texas. And like the Cowboys, they've posted impressive defensive statistics, holding foes to 33.4 shooting from the floor, compared to OSU's 35.3 field goal percentage defense.

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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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