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OSU basketball: Travis Ford is not catching many breaks

Ford tries to hide the frustration, yet it’s becoming impossible to conceal in this basketball season that continues to twist and turn uncomfortably. Truth is, Ford can’t catch a break.
by John Helsley Published: March 9, 2014


photo - Oklahoma State Travis Ford shouts instructions during an NCAA college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 1, 2014. Oklahoma State won 72-65. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State Travis Ford shouts instructions during an NCAA college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 1, 2014. Oklahoma State won 72-65. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Travis Ford tries to hide the frustration, yet it's becoming impossible to conceal in this basketball season that continues to twist and turn uncomfortably.

Truth is, Ford can't catch a break.

Not this season.

And even when he seemingly does, it cruelly slips away.

Like Saturday at Iowa State.

Up two with five seconds left and the Big 12's best free throw shooter at the line – the guy you'd want there above anyone in the conference and most in the country – OSU stood two made foul shots from clinching another statement win. A win on the road in a sold-out arena against the nation's No. 16-ranked squad.

Not this season.

Phil Forte, who’d missed just 10 free throws all season, made his first but was off on the second.

Still, the Cyclones had to rush and were frantic racing up the floor. ISU's studs, Melvin Ejim and George Niang, were fouled out, taking two snipers out of play and limiting the Cyclones options.

Not this season.

So, naturally, ISU's Naz Long, a reserve averaging 6.4 points a game throws in a running 30-footer.

Overtime. Loss.

Oh, and it was Long’s second 3-point dagger against OSU, the first forcing a third overtime in Stillwater back in February. Also a loss. So the unlikely Naz Long is essentially responsible for two Cowboys losses in an 8-10 conference finish.

And oh, Forte, with his 10 misses in 90 tries entering the game, missed three Saturday.

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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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