OSU basketball notebook: Tale of two halves, perspectives for Cowboys

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: February 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm •  Published: February 11, 2012
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Another rough road trip follows the visit to Kansas, with the Cowboys playing at No. 4 Missouri on Wednesday.

Tip time is 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Cowboys knocked off the Tigers in Stillwater, 79-72, when they were ranked No. 2 back on Jan. 25.

Mizzou battered Baylor 72-57 in Columbia Saturday, improving to 23-2 and 10-2.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING

In the second half, the Cowboys went strictly with their five starters, not subbing once.

For the game, Brown played 40 minutes, while Le'Bryan Nash, Michael Cobbins, Brian Williams and Keiton Page all played 37 minutes each.

And that was with Philip Jurick returning from a four-game absence due to a foot injury and Cezar Guerrero and Marek Soucek also available. Those three players combined for 12 minutes.

“Coach (Ford) is always stressing, ‘Be tired after the game,'” Page said. “Especially when you're playing in an atmosphere like here in Lawrence. It's a dream atmosphere. It's something you want to play in, these types of games. These are the games you grow up dreaming of playing in.

“The emotions are high, the adrenaline is going. We weren't too worried about being tired.”

TOUCHE'

The Kansas student section had a message for OSU's biggest booster during Saturday's game.

Students held up letters that spelled out “OIL CAN' BUY BILL,” putting OSU super-booster Boone Pickens on notice that he can't hire away Self.

Pickens had the last laugh, though, tweeting “Oil can't buy Bill? Did buy Big 12 championship!”, referencing OSU's Big 12 football title this past season.

FAMILIAR FLING

A final-minute ally-oop dunk from Keiton Page to Markell Brown had Cowboy fans reminiscing on social media after the game.

The lob and dunk were eerily similar to one in 2000, when Doug Gottlieb tossed up a half-court pass that Desmond Mason threw down against Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.l


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