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OSU basketball notebook: Cowboys go on the attack

Texas owned a significant size advantage on the Cowboys in height and bulk. Still, they started the game aggressively, driving the ball at the bigger Longhorns, racking up fouls and trips to the foul line.
by John Helsley Published: January 8, 2014

Texas owned a significant size advantage on the Cowboys in height and bulk.

Still, they started the game aggressively, driving the ball at the bigger Longhorns, racking up fouls and trips to the foul line.

OSU went just 35 of 51 from the foul line, yet fouled out forwards Jonathan Holmes and Connor Lammert. Meanwhile, to Texas coach Rick Barnes' dismay, the Longhorns shot just 23 free throws, making 15.

“When you give up 51 free throws, it's hard to overcome,” Barnes said.

UP NEXT: WEST VIRGINIA

After evening their conference record to 1-1, the Cowboys go on the road to West Virginia on Saturday.

Tip time in Morgantown is 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers are off to a 2-0 start in the league and stand 10-5 overall. Both conference wins have come on the road — at TCU and at Texas Tech.

BROWN TORCHES TEXAS, AGAIN

Cowboys senior Markel Brown seems to enjoy going against Texas.

In six games against the Longhorns, Brown was averaging 12.7 points and six rebounds. He scored 35 points in his last two games against Texas when OSU swept the series a year ago.

Wednesday night, Brown struck for 27 points.

So, what's up with Texas?

“Man, I don't know,” Brown said. “It's just about going out there and playing hard. We had to get our first win in the Big 12, especially after coming off a loss against Kansas State. We just wanted to go out there and play hard and play basketball.”

QUOTABLE

Barnes on the combination of Brown and Marcus Smart, who combined for 51 points:

“What I look at more than anything between is they had nine assists and one turnover. That impresses me more than the 27 and 24.”

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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