“So many positive things we can learn from and quite a few negative things as well,” Ford said. “It's a good victory, even when we didn't necessarily play our best.”
And that's Ford's quest: pulling more of the best from his team, with just one more nonconference game remaining before the Big 12 opener at Kansas State on Jan. 4
“We've just got to reach that potential and start putting 40 minutes together, because it only gets tougher from here,” Ford said. “Our league has proven at this point to be one of the toughest leagues in America. We need to continue to improve.”
The Cowboys now get extended time off for Christmas, before returning to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Dec. 30 to face Robert Morris.
And even in the aftermath of a solid win over a Pac-12 contender, there's a focus on improvement.
“It's a great win, a great team win against a quality opponent,” said Forte, who made 4 of 7 shots from 3-point range. “But we have to kind of figure out a way to close games better. We're heading into conference play where there's going to be a lot of games that are decided by one or two plays down the stretch.”