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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys keep big win in perspective

by John Helsley Published: February 2, 2013
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No worries, Forte made four critical foul shots in the final 30 seconds, crucial to helping OSU seal the deal.

“I tried to picture myself at Gallagher-Iba, shooting free throws after practice, and that's what I did,” Forte said.

“That's a shot I practice hundreds of times every day. I just stepped up there and did it like I have before.”

FORD PREFERRED NO FOUL LATE

With the Cowboys up by three, 83-80, and Kansas inbounding the ball under its own bucket with 7.9 seconds remaining, Ford had to decide on a final strategy.

Foul, and not allow the Jayhawks an attempt to tie it with a 3-pointer.

Or not foul, making the Jayhawks produce a tying 3.

With forwards Michael Cobbins and Le'Bryan Nash on the bench, having fouled out, and center Philip Jurick off the floor because of his struggles as a free-throw shooter, Ford preferred the latter approach.

“I didn't want to foul there,” he said. “We had our rebounders out of the game. So I told our guys, ‘We're going to switch everything, but if you get beat, then foul.' But I told them, ‘Let's D up, make them miss.'

“At home we might foul.”

NEXT 3

Wednesday: Baylor, 6 p.m.

Saturday: at Texas, 12:45 p.m.

Feb. 13: at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.

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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