Oklahoma State basketball: Le'Bryan Nash has flipped the effort switch in Puerto Rico

by John Helsley Published: November 17, 2012
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photo - COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU men's basketball player Le'Bryan Nash (2) poses for a portrait at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU men's basketball player Le'Bryan Nash (2) poses for a portrait at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

That puts a premium on the performances of the starters. And Nash is responding.

His 37 points in the tournament have come on just 17 shots from the floor, with his aggressiveness leading to 25 trips to the foul line.

In Friday's 62-45 rout of Tennessee, Nash went 11-of-13 from the foul line. The makes and attempts were single-game career highs.

“I like how he's getting his points,” Ford said. “He's not getting his points going one-on-one a lot. Now, we are getting him off the dribble with some mismatches a bit, but he's getting them down in the post, second-shot fouls, playing very unselfish.

“We hope that he continues with that mentality, that attitude. If he does, it makes our team better.”

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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OKLAHOMA STATE VS. NO. 6 NORTH CAROLINA ST.

* When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday

* Where: Coliseo Ruben Rodriquez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

* Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

* TV: ESPNU (Cox 253)

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

* Steve French, the normal play-by-play man for the Akron Zips, will fill in for Dave Hunziker, who returned to Stillwater for OSU's football game against Texas Tech.

* Some have pegged N.C. State – above North Carolina and Duke – as the ACC favorite.

* The game features a major clash of freshmen guards, with OSU's Marcus Smart likely matched with Rodney Purvis.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Oklahoma State (3-0)

Pos. — Player — Ht. — Cl. — Pts. — Reb.

F — Le'Bryan Nash — 6-7 — So. — 17.7 — 6.3

F — Kamari Murphy — 6-8 — Fr. — 4.0 — 6.3

C — Philip Jurick — 6-11 — Sr. — 2.7 — 4.3

G — Markel Brown — 6-3 — Jr. — 14.7 — 4.7

G — Marcus Smart — 6-4 — Fr. — 13.0 — 8.3

N.C. State (3-0)

Pos. — Player — Ht. — Cl. — Pts. — Reb.

F — Richard Howell — 6-8 — Sr. — 14.7 — 8.0

F — Scott Wood — 6-6 — Sr. — 11.0 — 3.3

C — C.J. Leslie — 6-9 — Jr. — 12.7 — 6.7

G — Rodney Purvis — 6-2 — Fr. — 12.0 — 2.3

G — Lorenzo Brown — 6-5 — Jr. — 11.0 — 7.0*

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