OSU basketball notebook: Coach Travis Ford makes plea to fans

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: January 1, 2012
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The free admission plan for Saturday's New Year's Eve game against Virginia Tech proved to be a major success.

The official crowd of 12,500 was better than all but one Big 12 home game (Texas) from a year ago. Now Cowboys coach Travis Ford wants everybody to come back.

“We're going to need the support of our fans just like they did (Saturday),” Ford said. “Everybody stay positive and support these Cowboys. If you're a Cowboy fan, you're a Cowboy fan.

“These guys are trying. We're going to get better.”

UP NEXT

The Cowboys open Big 12 play Wednesday against Texas Tech, with tip time 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tech is 7-5 in its first season under Billy Gillispie, yet features one of the league's best freshmen in 6-7 forward Jordan Tolbert, who leads all league freshmen in scoring at 15.4 points a game.

TIP INS

* Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech ended OSU's 37-game home nonconference winning streak, the third-longest in school history.

* Keiton Page's 21 points moved him past Victor Williams and into 17th place on the OSU career scoring chart. He now has 1,270 points. Page recorded his 18th-career 20-point game, the second most of any current player in the Big 12.

* With five 3-pointers, Page moved past James Anderson into fourth place on the career 3-pointers made list. He has 227 in his career, one shy of third-place Adrian Peterson.