Ford also said he turned to his pressure defense earlier than usual, but the move paid dividends in the second half. After just six West Virginia turnovers in the first half, the Cowboys forced 11 in the second, including four steals. That defense transitioned into offense, too, as Oklahoma State got 14 points off turnovers in the second half.
“That's what we emphasize,” Williams said. “We were going to try and speed them up a little bit, see if we can get the guards to turn the ball over, see if we can get the bigs to speed up a little bit and it worked.”
The Cowboys had five players score in double figures. In addition to Nash, Williams and Smart, Markel Brown had 16 points and Michael Cobbins added 10.
With West Virginia's defense causing problems early, Oklahoma State had to find opportunities to score in different ways. The result was 36 points in the paint, the Cowboys' highest total in Big 12 play this season.
“We had to score more one-on-one than we have in a long time,” Ford said. “We weren't able to run, score out of our options because West Virginia did such a good job physically taking us out of our options. So we had to counter with some things.”
Oklahoma State will now travel to take on TCU Wednesday. The Horned Frogs made waves by upsetting Kansas earlier this season.
“They're all big,” Ford said. “I shouldn't have to spend a whole lot of time motivating our guys to be ready because, at this point, they're all big.”