While OSU had long-range sniper Keiton Page a year ago, they still ranked No. 142 nationally in 3-pointers per game, averaging 6.4 per game. Only Page attempted more than 24 on the season, with the team making 33.3 percent.
“I thought this was a team that would shoot a lot of 3s,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, “31 might be a high number. Might not be.
“I said it before we went to Spain, even though we're losing Keiton, I think we'll shoot even more 3s. And maybe make more.”
Forte, like Page, will get the green light.
“I told him the more shots he gets, the better off we are,” Ford said. “‘Shoot it. If you're open, shoot it.'
“That's what we're trying to do, get an open shot for a guy who can make it. And he can make 'em.”
Six Cowboys finished in double figures scoring, with Gardner matching Forte for game-high honors with 19 points, while Brown added 17, Kamari Murphy 16, Smart 13 and Le'Bryan Nash 11.
Smart, per his reputation, filled up the stat sheet, adding six rebounds, six assists and six steals without a turnover at the point.