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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys roll past Delaware State

In the end, No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State fell short of its season scoring average, yet still posted the expected rout, 75-43, before an estimated crowd of 4,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
by John Helsley Published: December 17, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33), Markel Brown (22), Michael Cobbins (20), and Le'Bryan Nash (2) celebrate during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Oklahoma State won 75-43. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33), Markel Brown (22), Michael Cobbins (20), and Le'Bryan Nash (2) celebrate during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Oklahoma State won 75-43. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

And there were plenty more stats for Ford and his staff to admire, as OSU improved to 10-1.

Partly due to Delaware State's offensive style, the Cowboys outscored the visitors 21-0 in fastbreak points. They also owned a 28-6 edge in points off turnovers.

For the third straight game — also including South Carolina and Louisiana Tech — OSU held an opponent under 20 points in the first half.

And while the Cowboys weren't sharp offensively through the first 20 minutes, they used their defense to fuel an 18-2 run out of the halftime break to a 48-18 lead, getting four turnovers and two Michael Cobbins blocked shots during a stretch that saw them finally push the pace.

“We need to get back to pushing the ball,” said Markel Brown, who matched Nash for game-high scoring honors with 14 points. “I think that's what we're best at. When we push the ball, we get each other involved, getting out in the court and taking the fluid shots we like to take.”

While OSU didn't reach its 88.4-point scoring average entering the game, the Cowboys made a run at it in the second half. And they did so amid heavy substitutions, with 10 Cowboys producing points. Stevie Clark added nine points, while Cobbins and Marcus Smart had eight each.

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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