Nash scored six of OSU's first 10 points, playing with an aggression and intensity that sometimes slips with the sophomore. His first three shots: a 16-foot jumper, a driving layup and a dunk to finish off a fast break.
It was his first double-digit scoring performance since the Cowboys' win over Texas-Arlington on Dec. 19. Since then, he'd scored five against Tennessee Tech, nine against Gonzaga and six at K-State — on a combined 8-of-24 shooting from the floor.
“I liked the level of intensity, his gear he played in,” Ford said. “That was better. He scored the ball the way I'd like for him to score the ball better.
“I would have expected it. He's had two good back-to-back practices. He affected the game tonight, did some things to affect the game. Defensively, he did a pretty good job. He got six rebounds. He played better.”
And he stayed away from Twitter — with Ford hinting it might have been an order — after several fans took direct shots at him for a lackluster performance in Saturday's loss at K-State when the Cowboys desperately needed scoring help.
“I ain't tweeting nothing,” Nash said. “I wanted to say stuff. I'm not going to lie, I wanted to say stuff. Being a basketball player in college, you can't do that. You're can't put yourself in that.
“It hurt a lot. But I'll get over it, like I responded to this game. I'm just glad we're back on the track of winning.”