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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys overcome drought

by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: February 22, 2014

OSU shot 56.9 percent from the field — which was quite a feat considering the Cowboys went 10 1/2 minutes without a field goal in the first half. After Marcus Smart's breakaway layup just 2:05 into the game, the Cowboys didn't make another shot until Markel Brown's breakaway layup with 7:31 left in the half.

OSU missed eight straight shots during that drought, during which the Cowboys scored just four points.

But OSU's offense was pristine the rest of the game. The Cowboys made 26 of their next 39 shots and committed just three turnovers over those 27 minutes, on the way to an 84-62 romp before an announced crowd of 11,539 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“We have spent an extensive amount of time the last three days passing the ball,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “I've never done as many ball movement drills as I have these last three days.”

The Cowboys had 20 assists on 29 field goals. That's a Big 12 high in assists, other than the 22 produced in the three-overtime loss to Iowa State.

GASKINS AWAY FROM TEAM 

Seldom-used forward Gary Gaskins was not with the Cowboys Saturday, and Ford announced that the junior-college transfer was away tending some personal issues, with a return unlikely.

“There's some personal things going on that he has to deal with,” Ford said. “Things away from all this that he has to deal with.

“I don't foresee him back anytime soon. It's not disciplinary, he's good with us. We talk to him. Gary's been through a lot in his life. A lot. He needs to get around people and do some things where right now, it's tough for him here to get what he needs.”

UP NEXT: AT TCU

The Cowboys face another quick turnaround, heading to Fort Worth, Texas, to face TCU on Monday. Tip time is 6 p.m. for the ESPNU telecast.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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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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