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Oklahoma State basketball: Le'Bryan Nash 'trying to lead the NCAA in free-throw attempts'

Guard's attempts to get to the rim have made him a more consistent player this season.
by John Helsley Published: November 30, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State guard Le'Bryan Nash (2) shoots as Portland State forward Aaron Moore (21) and center Lamont Prosser (42) half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Oklahoma State won 81-58. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO110
Oklahoma State guard Le'Bryan Nash (2) shoots as Portland State forward Aaron Moore (21) and center Lamont Prosser (42) half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Oklahoma State won 81-58. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO110

In leading the Cowboys to the tournament title at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a run that featured a 76-56 rout of then-No. 6 North Carolina State, Nash scored 58 points in three games and made the All-Tournament Team, attempting but two 3-pointers and making 32 of 38 free throws. He went 13-of-13 from the line against N.C. State.

“I'm glad to hear him say that, about leading the country in free throws, because it's something he and I have talked a lot about,” Ford said. “He should be shooting 10 or 11 free throws a game. And he can make eight or nine of those. That tells me, if he's getting to the foul line, not only is he getting points, it tells me his mind is right. Because he's playing to his strengths.

“I love his 3s; I don't want to take them from him. Some games he may not take any, like in Puerto Rico, where he took two for the whole tournament. Or there may be games where he takes four or five. But this time last year, he was trying to figure out how he was going to get 3s off — ‘How many am I going to shoot tonight?'”

That was that Nash. With a lineup bolstered by newcomers and freshman Marcus Smart playing the role of facilitator, this Nash seems much more comfortable in his role — any role.

“Playing together and winning games, you can't beat that,” Nash said. “It means happy coaches and happy teammates.

“We've got a great chemistry. We love playing with each other.”

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 at Virginia Tech

* When: 1 p.m. Saturday

* Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.

* Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

* TV: None

Three things to know

* The Hokies, 6-0 for the first time since 1982, are averaging 87 points per game. OSU has not allowed as many as 65 points in any game.

* Cowboys center Philip Jurick, who needed 12 stitches to close his lower lip after taking an elbow in practice Wednesday, is questionable.

* Starting forward Michael Cobbins, who hasn't played since the opener due to a fractured toe, is expected to return.

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