Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford shoves aside Smart talk

by John Helsley Published: February 11, 2014
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Late in what was obviously going to be a Longhorns victory, Texas students began the chant:

“Where is Marcus? Where is Marcus?”

Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Travis Ford wasn't in a mood to talk about missing Marcus Smart, who was back in Stillwater serving the first game of a three-game suspension for shoving a fan Saturday at Texas Tech.

OSU clearly could have used Smart, its leading scorer and point guard, in the 87-68 loss. But Ford found little positives in wishing and wanting.

“To be honest with you, this has nothing to do with Marcus Smart,” Ford said. “He wasn't here tonight. We've got to play with what we've got. We can't get caught up in any of that.

“I don't really even want to talk about it. It doesn't do us any good. This team has to form its own identity and get out there and play.”

WALK-ONS PROVIDE A BOOST

The Cowboys played walk-ons Christien Sager and Mason Cox — together — at one point in the second half.

And they played with an energy and passion and more, with Sager firing in back-to-back 3-pointers and Cox providing a block, a steal, a rebound and a bucket during one stretch of action.

Back in Stillwater, injured forward Michael Cobbins was fired up on Twitter: “I like it!!! What we need!!”

Sager played a career-high 23 minutes, scoring a career-high seven points and grabbing four rebounds. Cox scored his first career points, to go with three rebounds and two steals in six minutes.

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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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