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OSU basketball notebook: Freshman Leyton Hammonds might have had breakout moment

Hammonds sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that forced overtime at Baylor. He finished with five points and four rebounds in six minutes.
by John Helsley Published: February 17, 2014
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photo - OSU players surround Leyton Hammonds, center, after he hit a shot sending the game against Baylor to overtime on Monday in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-64. AP Photo
OSU players surround Leyton Hammonds, center, after he hit a shot sending the game against Baylor to overtime on Monday in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-64. AP Photo

Cowboys coaches and players have insisted that freshman Leyton Hammonds plays well in practice.

Given opportunities in games, however, Hammonds has often struggled, seemingly losing confidence after a standout high school career in Texas.

Now there's hope that Hammonds found a breakthrough moment Monday night, with his buzzer-beating 3-pointer that forced overtime at Baylor, before the Cowboys fell 70-64.

“I think that was perfect for him,” said Cowboys guard Markel Brown. “He's been playing great in practice. He gets in a game and things haven't been falling for him. To see that shot go in for him, I think he should sleep on that one tonight.

“I hope it does wonders for him going into these next games, because we could use him big time on offense and defense.”

OSU coach Travis Ford said he'd planned to give Hammonds more minutes against Baylor, but foul trouble halted that.

Still, Hammonds finished with five points and four rebounds in six minutes.

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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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