Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys' final play offered several options

The ball eventually went to Marcus Smart in the paint, where defenders collapsed on him, freeing Markel Brown on the perimeter for the game-winning 3-pointer.
BY JOHN HELSLEY Published: January 11, 2014

With the Cowboys down 72-70 at West Virginia, Travis Ford called a timeout with 25.7 seconds left to set up what would be Markel Brown's game-winning 3-pointer.

While Brown said he expected to be open, the play Ford drew up offered several options.

Brown. Le'Bryan Nash. Marcus Smart.

The Mountaineers surely weren't going to allow Phil Forte to work free.

“We were either going to get Marcus in the paint, or LB stepping back and reversing it,” Ford said, “because we had plenty of time. But we'd had a lot of success with some of those screens at the top of the (West Virginia) zone.”

The ball eventually went to Smart in the paint, where defenders collapsed on him, freeing Brown on the perimeter.

“We put the ball in Marcus' hands, he made a great play, drew the defense in and kicked the ball out,” Forte said. “And then Markel made a great play, knocked the shot down.”

To Ford's relief.

“I'd gotten on Markel about a minute before for passing up a 3,” Ford said. “He passed one up. And he made a good one.”

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