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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys hold WVU's leading scorers to combined 18 points

Deniz Kilicli and fellow center Aaric Murray are the Mountaineers' two leading scorers on the season, but the Cowboys held them to a combined 18 points and nine rebounds in their 73-57 win over West Virginia on Saturday.
BY SAM WERNER, For The Oklahoman Published: February 23, 2013
/articleid/3758602/1/pictures/1961752">Photo - Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) and Michael Cobbins (20) block the shot of West Virginia's Juwan Staten (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Oklahoma State defeated West Virginia 73-57.(AP Photo/David Smith) ORG XMIT: WVDS114
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) and Michael Cobbins (20) block the shot of West Virginia's Juwan Staten (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Oklahoma State defeated West Virginia 73-57.(AP Photo/David Smith) ORG XMIT: WVDS114

The coach thought Oklahoma State's slow start Saturday could be at least partially chalked up to coming off back-to-back overtime games.

“Even in the locker room before the game, I didn't see the energy level that I thought we needed and we were trying to motivate our guys and pump them up,” Ford said.

The players, though, were well aware of what happened to the Jayhawks after Oklahoma State pulled off the upset in Lawrence earlier this season, kicking off a three-game Kansas losing streak.

“That was an emphasis for us, we don't want to be like that,” Williams said. “We don't want to lose three or four straight before we get it back rolling. We let the last game go and just came out here and tried to get the victory. And we did.”

WILLIAMS COMING BACK

Ford called Williams' performance Saturday “the best he's played this year.”

The sophomore forward missed the first 18 games of the season with a broken left wrist, but has started to round into form over the last seven contests. He set season highs in points (13), minutes (22) and rebounds (6) Saturday, but wasn't ready to declare himself “back” yet.

“I feel like this was a pretty good one, but I've still got some work to do,” he said.


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