Although leading by 14 and clearly headed toward another win, the Cowboys were challenged at halftime by coach Travis Ford.
“We talked about a lot of things at halftime,” said Ford, whose team eventually won 82-50. “We were actually in there for a long time, and there were a lot of things we needed to do better in the second half. We went out and did most of them.”
Among the items: better rebounding, after being tied 17-17 on the boards through 20 minutes; more offensive flow; getting Le'Bryan Nash involved.
The Cowboys out-rebounded TCU 29-16 in the second half and worked the offense better by getting Nash going, with the junior scoring 11 of his 13 points. Nash made just 1 of 5 shots, with one rebound in the first half.
“I had a terrible first half,” said Nash, who finished with eight boards, “so that was one of the key points coming out in the second half, to get me going inside.”
UP NEXT: KANSAS
The Cowboys return Saturday to their breakthrough site of a year ago: Allen Fieldhouse.
Tip time is 3 p.m. for a CBS national television audience.
It was at Kansas last February where OSU ended the Jayhawks' 33-game home court winning streak and snapped its own seven-game Big 12 road losing streak, winning 85-80.
KU again sits atop the Big 12 standings at 3-0 and is 12-4 overall.
TEAMING UP ON THE GLASS
Ford has stressed collective rebounding with his Cowboys as a way of making up for the loss of forward Michael Cobbins.
Against TCU, they dialed up the right recipe.
Nash, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Kamari Murphy — the lone forward in the group — all had eight boards and the team finished with 46.
“That's awesome,” Brown said. “Especially coming from the guard spot. We're going to need that every night.
“We know we're a great rebounding team. We've got a lot of athleticism on this team. I think we can kick those numbers higher from all the guards and even the bigs.”
TCU coach Trent Johnson on the game getting away from his young squad:
“Oklahoma State is better than we are. They're deeper and more talented than we are. And that's the reality of it. It's important for me in my position that the kids understand that and see the big picture.”
* For the sixth time in the past 15 seasons, and the first since 2006-07, Oklahoma State is 15-2 or better to start the season.
* For the fifth time this season, the Cowboys allowed fewer than 60 points. And for the third time this season, OSU held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting from the floor, with the Horned Frogs at 29.1 percent for the game.
* The 32-point victory over TCU pushed the Cowboys' season scoring margin to 20.2.
* The Cowboys had fewer than 10 turnovers for the eighth time this season.