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

STILLWATER — Le'Bryan Nash got the message.

Not from all those nastygrams targeting him via Twitter following Saturday's loss at Kansas State, but an urging from Cowboys coach Travis Ford that he's needed on the offensive end.

And now.

From the outset against TCU on Wednesday night, Nash asserted himself, eventually finishing with 13 points and a solid performance in a 63-45 rout at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“It was a mindset,” Nash said. “I needed to attack the rim more. And I wasn't aggressive enough. My coaches made that specific in practice, saying, ‘The reason you're not scoring is because you're not aggressive.' So I tried to be more aggressive in this game. And it worked out for me.

“I owe coach a lot this week, because I had a rough week last week. I met with him, watched film a lot, watched what I did in Puerto Rico.”

At the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Nash went on the attack, scoring 17 in a win over Tennessee and a season-high 23 in the title game romp past then-No. 6 North Carolina State. And 24 of the points in those games came at the foul line, the product of repeated drives to the basket, leading Nash to pronounce that he wanted to lead the nation in free throw attempts.

Since then, however, Nash had attempted just 31 free throws in nine games combined.

“I think I settled for jump shots the past three games,” he said. “Now I'm attacking the rim. And when I go to the hole, get fouls, or finish.”

The Cowboys finished TCU early, snapping their first losing streak of the season at two games and improving to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.

Next up: Bedlam, Round 1, Saturday in Norman.

Marcus Smart and Markel Brown each added 14 points for OSU, which outrebounded the Horned Frogs 40-17 behind Philip Jurick's game-high 10 boards.

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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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