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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