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Oklahoma State men's basketball: Cowboys deflect road rage

OSU remained winless on the Big 12 road this season, losing for the third time in as many tries, 64-54 at Baylor.
by John Helsley Modified: January 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

“They've got very good guards in Pierre Jackson and (A.J.) Walton, those are very good players,” Smart said. “We just kind of let them get comfortable. We talked about it all week, not letting them get comfortable. They got comfortable in that stretch.

“They hit some big shots at big key moments that were game-changers.”

Smart earned some respect in his own right.

“I think we have to contribute some of that to Marcus Smart,” Bears coach Scott Drew said of Jackson's early struggles. “He's one of the best defensive players in the country and leads the Big 12 in steals, and he's tenacious.

“I thought they had a good game plan. Oklahoma State didn't really let us get a lot of good looks, and Pierre had to earn what he got.”

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: NASH

One positive in the OSU loss was the play of Le'Bryan Nash, who scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor.

Taking a cue from his play at the start of the season, Nash succeeded by taking the ball aggressively to the hole, scoring over and around Baylor's big men, frequently going to his left hand to finish plays.

“He played well,” said Ford. “LB played well, did some good things to help our basketball team. He was aggressive offensively. He did some good things.”

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Saturday: West Virginia, noon

Jan. 30: Iowa State, 7 p.m.

Feb. 2: at Kansas, 3 p.m.

BY JOHN HELSLEY

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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