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OSU basketball notebook: Mismanaging mid-game stretches

by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and John Helsley Modified: January 27, 2011 at 5:21 am •  Published: January 26, 2011

OSU's latest loss revealed another chapter in a disturbing trend of mid-game meltdowns.

In four of their last five games, the Cowboys have been outscored 57-8 during decisive stretches spanning the few minutes on each side of halftime.

In their 61-46 win, the Longhorns closed on a 7-0 run over the final 1:39 of the first half, then opened the second half 7-0 in the first 2:29.

“It's 27-27, and they end the half 34-27,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “Every mistake we made after that, they converted.”

And it seems to be a recurring theme.

* At Texas A&M, the Aggies used an 8-0 stretch over the middle minutes to kick start a 71-48 romp.

* Home against Iowa State, the Cyclones put together a 14-0 run – six points to close the first half, eight straight to start the second – to rally from behind into the lead, although the Cowboys closed strong to win in overtime.

* At Baylor, the Bears scored seven straight points on each side of intermission, 14 straight, to take command on the way to their 76-57 win.


The Cowboys, winless on the road, visit Texas Tech on Saturday.

Tip time is 3 p.m.

The Red Raiders, once struggling, seem to have revived themselves. After posting their first Big 12 win against Nebraska on Saturday, they won at Iowa State Wednesday, 92-83.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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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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