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OSU basketball: Cowboys drop another Big 12 road game to Texas A&M

TEXAS A&M 76, OKLAHOMA STATE 61 — Markel Brown scored 19 points, but it wasn't enough for the Cowboys, who haven't won a Big 12 road game since February 2010.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: January 28, 2012
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— The postgame scenario from Oklahoma State's 76-61 loss at Texas A&M featured split news conferences.

And a suddenly split personality.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford had kept his cool, despite the disappointment of a major missed opportunity, until being informed of words used by his players who had gone before him in the interview room.

“Casual.”

And “nonchalant.”

That's how Markel Brown and Brian Williams described their team's play, despite being in search of the program's first Big 12 road win since 2010, a span of 14 games.

This team, now 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the conference, nonchalant? What, from posting one notable win, Wednesday's upset of No. 2 Missouri?

“That's unfortunate. A player can never say that,” Ford said, his mood quickly changing. “If they're saying that, you're not going to win many games.”

The Cowboys haven't won any Big 12 road games since James Anderson and Obi Muonelo were still around to carry a swagger into enemy arenas. None last year. And none this season, with OSU falling to 0-4 in conference away games.

And this was a game to be had, with A&M down two key players due to injury and Reed Arena so quiet you could hear Ford clearly calling out plays.

Until, that is, the Cowboys casually allowed the Aggies to get excited, failing to announce themselves ready to rip away a road win, instead standing by as A&M rallied from what had been a seven-point deficit in the first half to what became another roadkill finish for OSU.

So much for momentum off Mizzou.

“Just being nonchalant on the court,” Brown said. “Being casual, making casual passes and turning it over and them going to the other end and scoring easy baskets.”

Logic suggested Wednesday's win might play as some kind of breakthrough. And while the Cowboys were dealing with the loss of center and leading rebounder Philip Jurick to a foot injury, the Aggies were without Khris Middleton and Dash Harris, two of their most talented and most experienced players.

“I would have thought so, too,” Brown said, “but we went out there casual and they took advantage of it.”

Echoed Williams: “I think we came out a little too casual. And we were too casual until it was too late.

“I think we had guys still riding momentum from the Missouri game. We should have let that go and prepared for this one.”

Saturday's box score: Texas A&M 76, OSU 61

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