One of the intriguing matchups going into Wednesday night's game focused in the post, where OSU's 6-foot-11 Philip Jurick faced some bulk in UTA's 6-10, 240-pound Jordan Reves.
The Cowboys big man neutralized Reves and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds — eight on the offensive end, aiding OSU's 15-2 edge in second-chance points in a 69-44 rout.
“Philip Jurick, that's a big ol' boy,” said Mavericks coach Scott Cross. “He can block shots and disrupt you a little bit. And his offensive rebounds were really big as well.”
Reves finished with eight points, yet six came in the second half and most came with Jurick off the floor.
“I like playing against bigger people,” said Jurick, who has mostly faced thinner, quicker post players thus far. “It's kind of harder when I play against undersized posts, moving my feet and stuff. But I like the challenges.”
UP NEXT: TENNESSEE TECH
The Cowboys play the fifth contest in this six-game homestand Saturday, facing Tennessee Tech.
Tip time is noon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Golden Eagles, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, are 6-5 overall and coming off an 81-62 loss at Auburn on Tuesday.
FREE TICKETS AGAIN?
With class out and most students off campus, OSU offered 1,000 free tickets to be utilized in the lower stands behind both goals — where students regularly sit.
The ticket giveaway, hatched by Cowboys coach Travis Ford after he noticed those areas vacant for last Sunday's game against Central Arkansas, worked, with both ends revealing a solid show of fans.
“Behind those backboards is such an effect,” Ford said. “It's an effect on our team. That's what you see. That's what you feel.
“I came out Sunday and went, ‘Wait, we have to do something about this.'”
Will it be done again in advance of Saturday's game?
“We know our students aren't going to be here. That's obvious,” Ford said. “It's not like we hope they're going to show up. They're not here.
“Hopefully, we'll do it again on Saturday.”
* UTA's 31 turnovers are the most by an OSU opponent since Prairie View A&M committed 36 against the Cowboys in 2007. It also ties for the sixth-most by an OSU opponent since the statistic started being kept in 1973-74. It marks just the 11th time in school history that the Cowboys have forced 30 or more turnovers.
* Markel Brown tied James Anderson for the most blocks ever by a Cowboy guard in a career with 60; he also recorded a career-high five steals.
* For the third-straight game, Michael Cobbins grabbed eight rebounds, matching his season high.
* Jurick recorded double-figure rebounds for the second time this season and the sixth time in his OSU career. His eight offensive boards are the most by a Cowboy since Darrell Williams had eight against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 17, 2010.
* Kirby Gardner scored a career-high seven points.
By John Helsley