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OSU men's basketball notebook: Cowboys doomed by another bad half

Missouri owned a double-digit lead barely five minutes into the game and continued expanding it.
by John Helsley Published: March 8, 2012

“I think Missouri played up on that. That was something they probably talked about, ‘Hey, Oklahoma State doesn't have a whole lot of players. Those guys have been playing a lot of minutes. They played late last night. Let's go at them early.'”


Missouri continued an impressive run of games in the Sprint Center.

With a whipping of OSU, the Tigers improved to 3-0 in the building this season, winning by a combined margin of 267-181.

That includes an 87-58 rout of Notre Dame and a 92-53 romp past California.


The Cowboys season is over, with no postseason plans even if one of the lesser tournaments offered an invitation.

OSU will return a strong core that not only includes starters Williams, Markel Brown, Le'Bryan Nash and Michael Cobbins from this team, but also reserves Cezar Guerrero, Philip Jurick and Marek Soucek, and injured or redshirting former starters Jéan-Paul Olukemi and Darrell Williams.

“We've laid the foundation for what I think is going to be a very good basketball team,” Ford said.

The Cowboys do lose Page, who has been an integral part of the team for four years, the past two as a leader and captain.

“It's a close-knit group, and they're just losing me,” Page said. “So it's a good foundation and I'm looking forward to what these guys are going to do next year.”