Oklahoma State basketball: Texas clobbers Cowboys

This knockout extends their losing streak to five games, the most by an OSU team since Sean Sutton's last team lost six straight in the winter of 2008.
by John Helsley Published: February 11, 2014
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photo - Texas' Isaiah Taylor (1) and Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22), scramble for a loose ball during the first half on an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday,  Feb. 11, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas' Isaiah Taylor (1) and Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22), scramble for a loose ball during the first half on an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas — Good thing Texas didn’t have leading scorer Jonathan Holmes on Tuesday night.

Things might really have gotten ugly.

No. 19 Texas 87, Oklahoma State 68.

The Cowboys, themselves playing the first of three games without suspended star Marcus Smart, offered little resistance at the outset, trailing by as many as 26 in the first half, when the Longhorns nearly emptied their bench and got at least one field goal from eight players.

They played better in the second half, even getting a lift from some unexpected sources. Yet on the road, down double digits and without their point guard and floor leader, OSU was already done by then.

“We just waited until the second half to start playing how we know how to play,” said sophomore forward Kamari Murphy. “It was too late by then.”

Way too late.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford found himself trying to decipher the two halves, seeking positives to carry over for Saturday’s Bedlam matchup.

“I liked the effort we had in the second half,” Ford said. “We had some guys step up. And guys never gave up — and there was opportunity to really get down.

“But guys kept fighting, which was great to see. Guys got a little scrappier.”

As for the first half, when the Longhorns fired in eight 3-pointers and were allowed to get in a comfortable offensive flow …

“I’m anxious to watch the tape,” Ford said. “I think they made some tough shots. Some shots off the dribble were tough, and they made ’em. And the 3s we were giving up, we don’t want to give all of them up, but some of them would be kind of what you’d want at times. But they made you pay for them. Give them credit.”

Following a recent trend, OSU brought out the best in an opponent.

The Longhorns, last in conference play in 3-point shooting percentage and 3-pointers made, tossed in eight in the first half and matched their season-high with 11 overall. Jevan Felix, shooting just 30.3 percent from the arc, connected on a career-best six treys and finished one point shy of his career-high with 27 points, when the Cowboys would have preferred him to fire away. That was their initial strategy — help inside to combat a severe size disadvantage, and make Texas score from the perimeter. “We wanted to protect the inside first and contest all shots and get out to shooters,” Murphy said. “Felix had a hot night.” The Cowboys, of course, remain cold.

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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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