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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys keep big win in perspective

by John Helsley Published: February 2, 2013

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.”

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Wednesday: Baylor, 6 p.m.

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