Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys pick up the pace after half

At intermission Tuesday night, OSU led 30-16, posting their first-half scoring low for the season.
by John Helsley Published: December 17, 2013

photo - Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins reaches for the ball beside Delaware State's Ashwell Boyd (45) during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins reaches for the ball beside Delaware State's Ashwell Boyd (45) during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.

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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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