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

It was the Cowboys who dominated with defense, creating 15 steals and seven blocked shots.

UTA leading scorer Karol Gruszecki didn't score and didn't even get off a shot, with Brown locking him down. Mavs big man Jordan Reves, the team's second-leading scorer, managed eight points, but just two by halftime, when the Cowboys were already in control at 36-17.

“Loved our defensive effort,” Ford said. “A very consistent effort. That was the difference in the game. When you turn somebody over 31 times at home, you're probably going to win.

“We're winning not the prettiest, but that's kind of how we are right now. And I love it. I just like winning with defense. I like the way our guys played tonight, I thought they played every possession.”

The Cowboys bolted to a 13-3 lead less than four minutes into the game and were up 25-8 at the 8:16 mark.

After making its first shot of the game, UTA started its bumbling ways, quickly producing more turnovers than points. The Mavs didn't overcome that stat until just 9:48 remained, scoring their 28th points, against 27 turnovers.

Said UTA coach Scott Cross: “Nothing like a good slice of humble pie for your Christmas present.”


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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