Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Turnovers cripple Cowboys in loss to Texas Tech

OSU committed 15 turnovers in Saturday night's 65-61 loss at Texas Tech, including a crucial one by Le'Bryan Nash in the final 10 seconds with the Cowboys down 63-61 and trying to pull even.
by John Helsley Published: February 8, 2014
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photo - Texas Tech's Robert Turner (14), center, battles for the ball with Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) and Marcus Smart (33) during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger) ALL LOCAL TV OUT
Texas Tech's Robert Turner (14), center, battles for the ball with Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) and Marcus Smart (33) during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Feb, 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger) ALL LOCAL TV OUT

OSU committed 15 turnovers in Saturday night's 65-61 loss at Texas Tech, including a crucial one by Le'Bryan Nash in the final 10 seconds with the Cowboys down 63-61 and trying to pull even.

“We did some decent things offensively when we weren't turning the ball over, but 15 turnovers is extremely uncharacteristic of us,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “And crucial turnovers at crucial times throughout the game really hurt us.”

The Red Raiders scored 19 points off turnovers.

“We just did bad things with the ball,” said Cowboys senior Markel Brown. “We had too many turnovers. Not finding each other in certain spots. Not moving the ball around. And it cost us.

“They converted.”

UP NEXT: AT TEXAS

The Cowboys are back on the road Tuesday, visiting No. 15-ranked Texas to complete their regular season series.

Tip time is 6 p.m. (ESPN2) at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Longhorns, the only team to beat Kansas in the Big 12, was upset at Kansas State on Saturday, falling 74-57. Texas is 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference.

OSU won the first meeting, 87-74, in Stillwater.

COWBOYS' STREAK ENDS

OSU had won six straight in the series with Texas Tech, including two in a row in Lubbock.

Brown's streak of big games at Tech also halted.

Brown had scored 55 points in his last two visits to United Spirit Arena, including a career-high 30 in 2012. This time, Brown was limited to eight points on 3-of-8 shooting and turned the ball over four times.


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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