At intermission Tuesday night, OSU led 30-16, posting their first-half scoring low for the season.
Much of it was due to Delaware State's deliberate style of play. Yet Cowboys coach Travis Ford urged his team to give more over the final 20 minutes.
And they did, quickly boosting their lead to 30 with an 18-2 run to start the second half.
“I told them we were playing hard, but I didn't like the way we were playing,” said Ford. “I said, ‘Guys, I don't have a problem with your effort, but you're not playing the way we're capable of playing.'
“‘I told them, ‘I think we've got more in us. I think we're better than what we're playing. Let's do this, let's pick it up.' There were things we told them we wanted to do … and they came out and did it. It made them play better.”
Said Hornets coach Greg Jackson: “They took it to another level, especially in the second half. We thought we controlled the tempo in the first half. Any time you play a team of this level that's so talented and so strong, you're going to have to make adjustments in the second half. They did what they had to do.”
UP NEXT: COLORADO
The Cowboys travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to face No. 20-ranked Colorado in the MGM Grand Showcase.
Tip time is 10:30 p.m.
The Buffaloes, 10-1 and winners of 10 straight, own a 75-72 win over Kansas. Their lone loss came in their season opener, 72-60, to Baylor.
BROWN NOT IMPRESSED WITH DUNK
Late in the first half, OSU's Markel Brown took off for a dunk, hanging in the air a while before throwing down with force.
It was just the latest in Brown's growing library of impressive jams, although he declined to include it in his list of personal favorites.
“I don't think that will make the cut,” Brown said. “Everybody else liked it, but I don't see what they liked about it. I felt like it was weak.”
* With 14 points, Brown moved past Fredrik Jönzén into 21st place on the school career scoring list. He now has 1,244 points in his career.
* For the fifth straight game, Oklahoma State failed to shoot at least 27 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Over that span, the Cowboys are 20 of 85 (23.5 percent) from long range.
* Kamari Murphy had four blocked shots, matching the season high by a Cowboy. Michael Cobbins, who swatted three Tuesday night, had four blocks against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
* Murphy grabbed seven rebounds, the ninth time in 10 games he's grabbed at least five boards.
* With just eight points tonight, Marcus Smart's streak of consecutive double-digit games ended at 16. Smart attempted just five shots, but added four rebounds, three assists and three steals.