Oklahoma State basketball: Le'Bryan Nash leads Cowboys past TCU

Nash scores 13 points to help OSU improve to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.
by John Helsley Published: January 9, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) drives past TCU's Connell Crossland (2) and Devonta Abron (23) during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. 
 Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) drives past TCU's Connell Crossland (2) and Devonta Abron (23) during the college basketball game between Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Against an injury-depleted TCU team that fell to 9-6 and 0-2, the Cowboys led 36-22 at the half and was never threatened over the final 20 minutes.

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.”

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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