Cowboys coach Travis Ford watched Kansas State grind out a win over Texas on Wednesday, feeling relieved that his team wasn't involved.
Then came Saturday.
“I thought Kansas State vs. Texas was a physical game,” Ford said after his Cowboys were handled in a 66-58 loss. “I made some comments the past two days with our staff, and just marveled at the Kansas State-Texas game the other night. ‘I'm glad we weren't in that game.'
Not only was Ford bothered by what he perceived as rough game – “That was a football game” – it was his team that was called for more fouls, a season-high 29, with Brian Williams, Markel Brown and Cezar Guerrero all fouling out.
“Physically, they were allowed to just whip us,” Ford said. “We were fighting and doing anything we can. They were allowed to play to their strength. I don't know any other way to put it.”
The Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd clearly agreed.
The officials, booed off the court at halftime, received a boost in security, with three uniformed campus police officers providing an escort to their locker room.
More displeasure came in the second half.
“They were allowed to play to their strength as a team, so give them credit,” Ford said of the Wildcats. “Give them absolute credit, they deserved to win the game. But that's a tough game for us to play, if the game is going to be played like that.
“They like to offensive rebound and they get 22 of them. They like to play physical and they shoot 40 free throws. That kind of boils it down.”
It doesn't get easier for the Cowboys, who fell to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12 with Saturday's loss.
No. 5-ranked Missouri visits Gallagher-Iba on Wednesday, with a 6:30 tip time.
The Tigers won 89-88 at No. 3 Baylor Saturday, improving to 18-1 and 5-1.
REMEMBERING THE 10
With the anniversary of the Jan. 27, 2001 plane crash upcoming, there was a moment of silence before the game to honor the 10 men lost on that basketball trip to Colorado.
The Remember the Ten Run steering committee presented a $20,000 check to OSU Counseling Services at halftime. Also, the committee announced the creation of a scholarship program to support OSU masters and doctoral students enrolled in one of these degree specialties: clinical psychology, counseling psychology, community counseling and marriage and family therapy.
Recipients will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship with $500 awarded in the fall and spring semesters.
* K-State coach Frank Martin and his assistants wore the Oklahoma State “4” pins on their lapel, recognizing Cowgirls coaches Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and two others lost in a November plane crash.
* Oklahoma State has made at least one three-point shot in 372 consecutive games. That streak was nearly halted against Kansas State, before Keiton Page connected on a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining.
* Freshman walk-on Grayson George made his first appearance in a Cowboy uniform with 7.2 seconds left in the game. Christien Sager made his second-straight appearance after coming in at Iowa State.
* With 17 points against Kansas State, Page moved past JamesOn Curry into 16th place on the OSU career scoring list. He now has 1,373 points and is just six points shy of 14th place.