OSU men's basketball notebook: Le'Bryan Nash is '100 percent' coming back

The Cowboys' freshman will not turn pro. Nash said he is better off staying in school.
by John Helsley Published: March 7, 2012

The Cowboys move into Thursday's quarterfinal round to face No. 2-seed and No. 7-ranked Missouri.

Tip time is 6 p.m. at Sprint Center.

OSU and Mizzou split their regular season meetings, with the Cowboys upsetting the Tigers 79-72 in Stillwater, before losing 83-65 in Columbia.

“Gotta stay focused,” said senior Keiton Page. “A win's good for now, but we have to get our mind on Missouri now. We know how tough a team they are.”

SAGER ON (SCORE)BOARD

Pressed into duty due to injuries, freshman guard Christien Sager scored his first career basket Wednesday night.

“We were going back on defense, so I had to hide (my feelings), but I was so happy I finally got a basket,” said Sager, who came to OSU as a walk-on before coach Travis Ford awarded him a one-year scholarship. “It meant so much getting a basket and playing significant minutes in a win.”

Playing a career-high 17 minutes, Sager took a charging foul on the ensuing defensive possession.

“I didn't want my basket to be the highlight of the night,” Sager said, smiling.

UH-OH MOMENT

The Cowboys dominated throughout much of Wednesday's game, yet found themselves behind 36-35 briefly due to an extended dry spell.

That's when they felt the season flash before their eyes.

“When they took the lead, I was thinking, ‘If we lose, this is it,'” said Brian Williams. “We're just trying to win as many as possible and make a run into some kind of tournament.”

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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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