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OSU basketball notebook: Ford: "We won it with defense"

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: December 22, 2009 at 5:00 am •  Published: December 22, 2009
La Salle struggled from the start, missing 18 of its first 20 shots from the floor.

The Explorers recovered somewhat, yet still finished just 18-of-54.

"We won it with defense,” said OSU coach Travis Ford.

The Cowboys alternated defenses throughout, mixing man-to-man and zone, and switching assignments in an effort to slow Explorers leading scorer Rodney Green, who scored 22 points, yet made just seven of his 17 shots.

"They did a great job, and we didn’t respond well,” said La Salle coach John Giannini. "When you are not used to that level, it takes you by shock for a little.”

The Cowboys forced 15 turnovers.

OSU’s James Anderson was named Most Valuable Player of the second game after scoring 28 points and adding three assists and two steals.

UTEP’s Randy Culpepper voted MVP of the first game, scoring 27 points in an 89-74 win over Oklahoma.