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OSU basketball notebook: Markel Brown's dunk was decisive

by John Helsley Published: March 15, 2011

REACHING 20

Tuesday's win pushed OSU's record to 20-13, running the program's streak of reaching 20 wins to three — each of Travis Ford's three seasons as coach.

“Everything we've been through this year, to win 20,” Ford said, “and going into this game we had a strength of schedule of 35, and I'm sure it even got better after tonight — that's pretty good. So I'm proud of this team.”

OPPOSING VIEW

Harvard played a strong schedule, beating Colorado and winning at Boston College, mixed among road losses at George Mason, Michigan and UConn.

Amaker found plenty to like about the Cowboys.

“They played with a great deal of intensity,” Amaker said. “They're tough around the post area. I was very impressed with the quickness and the speed. It certainly knocked us back on our heels right away, how quickly they could get up and down the floor.

“Without a doubt, their guys up front, Moses and (Matt) Pilgrim, they're strong. They're veterans. They're senior players and they played like it.”

MORE DEFENSE

In the Big 12 Tournament, OSU used strong defense to nearly upset No. 2-ranked Kansas.

The Cowboys were back at it against Harvard, never allowing the Crimson to get on track. Harvard shot just 40 percent from the floor and was blocked off the boards, scoring but two second-chance points.

“If you can play good D and defend what I believe is the best team in America,” Moses said in reference to the Jayhawks, “then you should be able to go out and do it every night against everybody.”

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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