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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys have good vibrations

Up and down the roster, these Cowboys genuinely seem to like each other. They spend time together away from basketball. They back each other. And they gig each other.
by John Helsley Published: February 10, 2013

Smart has been a major influence on flipping the mood this year. While the team's most celebrated star on a national scale, as a freshman, his reserved and humble style deflects the spotlight.

He might take the big shot, but he doesn't carry himself as Mr. Big Shot, instead looking first to get his teammates going first.

“We're a brotherhood,” Smart said.

Down the stretch in OSU's benchmark win at then-No. 2 Kansas, Forte was struggling with his shot, still without a field goal despite repeated attempts. As he stood on the court, near the Cowboys sideline, Jurick, Mason Cox and Ford Stuen all reached out from the bench to pat Forte on the backside, offering encouragement.

Who knows the impact, but Forte got it going late, making key shots and free throws and coming up with crunch-time steals, all needed to secure the win.

That's the way it is with these Cowboys, all hands on deck.

All the time.

“They enjoy each other,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “They have a good time. They're a fun group to be around, always have been.

“When we went to Spain together this summer, that was one of the most enjoyable times I've had. They have fun on the road. And they're very close.”