Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys rout Texas Tech

Troubled Tech, falling to .500 overall, allowed Oklahoma State to impose its will in a number of ways, leading to a 79-45 rout at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
by John Helsley Published: January 19, 2013

And while the win was expected against a Tech team that lost its fourth straight and dropped to 8-8 and 1-4, it was OSU's energy that mattered most to coach Travis Ford. Openly upset with his team's play in last week's loss at Oklahoma, Ford put his team through a grueling stretch of practices — “Commitment Week,” they called it — in an effort to regain the style of play that served as the signature in a strong start to the season.

“I'm very proud of the team for paying attention this week and understanding what we wanted to get accomplished,” Ford said. “And what I wanted to see today. I'm happy with that. I'm happy with the way we responded this week … because I wasn't sure how much we'd have left for this game.

“But I thought we got better this week. We went hard. I don't know that I've ever gone as hard as we went this week, during this time of year. But I knew it was going to make us a better basketball team eventually.

“I didn't know about today, but down the road, next game, two weeks, it'll pay off, I think.”

There was plenty for the Cowboys to feel good about.

Defense and rebounding, two key talking points during the week, were much improved. Philip Jurick grabbed a game-high 11 boards and Michael Cobbins had nine. While the Red Raiders missed 33 shots, they were only able to produce five offensive rebounds.

It was a feel-good game, too, with 12 Cowboys playing and nine scoring, including Soucek, who drilled a 3-pointer in his first appearance since spraining a knee in at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in mid-November.

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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