Oklahoma State basketball: No. 15 Kansas holds on for win over Cowboys

Kansas' Frank Mason stripped Le'Bryan Nash just as he rose for a shot, allowing the No. 15 Jayhawks to hold on for an 80-78 win in the first clash of Big 12 heavyweights.
by John Helsley Modified: January 19, 2014 at 1:11 am •  Published: January 18, 2014


photo - Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) and Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) battle to a jump ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 80-78. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) and Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) battle to a jump ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 80-78. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

“It affected us a lot, because we couldn't get out and pressure like we wanted to,” Smart said. “We were so cautious of whether we were going to get a foul. We had to adjust to how the game was being called. And it hurt us.

“It was a big deal to us.”

The Cowboys showed how big immediately in the second half, turning up the pressure and turning over the Jayhawks — four times early in the half during a spurt that trimmed the lead to eight, 52-44 — and 14 times overall in the final 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Forte and Markel Brown heated up, firing in eight 3-pointers and combining for 27 of their 38 points after intermission.

“Going into halftime, we knew it was going to take a big effort to come back, especially playing on the road,” said Forte, who finished with a game-high 23 points and 7 treys. “We just tried to make it four-minute intervals and slowly chip away at the lead. We did that. “We played the way we should have come out and played, with a lot of intensity and effort and playing as a team. I think that's what got us back.”

When Forte drilled his final 3 from the corner with :05.7 left, OSU was somehow within one, 79-78.

And after Mason missed one of two foul shots at the other end, the Cowboys rushed upcourt, yet couldn't get off a shot, with Mason saving the day.

“LB tried to make the play,” Forte said of Nash. “I think it was the right play. Kansas just made a good play.

“Give them all the credit, they made a game-winning play.”


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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