In their first action in eight days and following a week of finals, the Cowboys started slow against Central Arkansas, falling behind 22-11 less than nine minutes into the game.
“The first eight minutes of the game, we kind of played like we practiced the last two days,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We didn't practice very well. Very sloppy offensively.”
When Ford called his second timeout at the 11:59 mark, the Cowboys were 5-of-15 shooting from the floor, with five turnovers, while the Bears had made 10-of-15 field goals.
From that point on, however, OSU dominated, outscoring the Bears 31-8 to halftime and continuing to boost the lead in the second half on the way to a 91-63 win.
“The last 32 minutes of the game, we were pretty good defensively and rebounding. We were really good. We woke up after a couple timeouts.”
Ford said the first timeout was pretty calm.
“The second one was more of a motivating timeout,” he said. “I had seen enough.
“The problem was things we hadn't been seeing. Carelessness with the ball. Getting beat off the dribble. With no protection. So when I saw those things, I knew, ‘This is not us. Now I need to get their attention.'”
Up Next: UT Arlington
The Cowboys continue their six-game homestand Wednesday night, facing UT Arlington at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Tip time is 7.
Cowboys Get Back To Jammin'
Teams have clearly done their scouting on OSU, playing prepared for the alley-oop dunks that served as the main highlights of last season. Teams have limited such opportunities for dunks and turned several away when the Cowboys have dared to toss passes toward the rim.
That changed against Central Arkansas, an aggressive run-and-gun team that left openings for the Cowboys to attack the rim — which they did, for a variety of dunks, totaling seven in all, including a lob or two.
“It's been a couple games,” said Markel Brown, who had two dunks, both highlight worthy. “We got the momentum on our side. We trotted it out again and it worked. We built off it as a team. I think we went on a couple runs after that and it helped us out a lot.”
* OSU recorded 50 rebounds for the first time since grabbing 51 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last season.
* The Cowboys' 19 assists matched a season high, equaling the 19 dished out against Portland State.
* The Cowboys scored 44 points in the paint against Central Arkansas, a season high.
* OSU's 28-point margin of victory over the Bears is the largest of the season.
* For the eighth time this season (all wins), OSU held its opponent to 65 or fewer points.