Oklahoma State men's basketball notebook: Slow start no surprise to Travis Ford

Coach says first timeout was pretty calm. Second timeout, though, was a little more motivating. “I had seen enough,” Ford said.
by John Helsley Published: December 16, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) and Central Arkansas' Robert Crawford (0) fight for a loose ball during the men's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Central Arkansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday,Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (22) and Central Arkansas' Robert Crawford (0) fight for a loose ball during the men's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Central Arkansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday,Dec. 16, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.

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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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