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OSU men's basketball: Cowboys open season with rout of Mississippi Valley State

In the season opener before an estimated 6,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, the No. 8-ranked Cowboys rolled past Mississippi Valley State, 117-62, doing anything and everything well — including hitting their 3s.
by John Helsley Published: November 8, 2013
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“You've got every intention. And sometimes it's a reflection of maybe not being focused, not being locked in. We made a few shots tonight.”

OSU made more 3s against the Delta Devils than it did in the two exhibitions combined. Beyond Forte, four other Cowboys made good from the arc. Markel Brown added three, Leyton Hammonds had two and Marcus Smart and Stevie Clark each made one.

It wasn't just the 3-balls going down, OSU's 117 points were the program's most against a Division foe since getting 122 in a win over Northwestern State (La.) in 2009, which is also the last time the Cowboys reached 100.

The 55-point romp ties for the 10th-best margin of victory in school history.

“I was proud of our effort, our focus,” Ford said. “I thought we showed some maturity out there, as far as when we got up, we kept executing, which was good to see. We kept challenging our guys at halftime and in timeouts to give them different goals and different things to work on and achieve.

“And I thought we did that. I thought we executed pretty well, even with the lead. We did what we were supposed to do tonight. That's probably the biggest positive.”

After two easy exhibitions over lower-division squads, the Cowboys said they were ready to get the regular season started. And it showed.

“It's a real game, so everybody was excited,” Nash said. “It's the start to the Final Four to us — that's what we say — it's the road to the Final Four.”

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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