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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

OSU's season will be marked by many things.

Bad halves among them.

Thursday night's 88-70 loss to Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament offered another, as the Cowboys fell behind by as much as 29 points in the first half.

Mizzou outrebounded OSU 26-10, outshot the Cowboys 55.3 percent to 36 percent and beat them 13-4 in assists and 7-2 in steals.

“We had guys slipping, things were happening,” said OSU freshman Brian Williams. “Things just weren't going our way the first half.”

The Tigers owned a double-digit lead barely five minutes into the game and continued expanding it.

“They were making shots, we weren't. They were getting stops, we weren't,” said Williams. “I looked up, and it was like 21-6 and it was like, ‘Oh, we've got to make a run.'

“We came out in the second half and played hard. But we dug ourselves a hole too big.”


The Cowboys, reduced to six full-time scholarship players with three starters lost to injury, started slow against the Tigers.

Did fatigue finally set in on a team that was stretched thin at season's end?

“We expended a lot of effort last night,” Keiton Page said of Wednesday night's first-round win over Texas Tech. “It's tough when you're as thin as we are right now. I think that's what happened, we just ran out of gas.”

Cowboys coach Travis Ford didn't disagree.

“I think fatigue was a little bit of a factor,” Ford said. “Quick turnaround. Not to make an excuse.

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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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