AUSTIN, Texas — For all the negative stats that piled up on Oklahoma State Saturday night at Texas, Travis Ford kept circling back to one.
“Foul trouble,” Ford said.
And Ford said it more than once, to more than one question, after the Cowboys were whistled for 29 fouls in a 58-49 loss to the Longhorns before 9,959 at the Erwin Center.
“Our team, Oklahoma State, was in foul trouble all night long,” Ford said. “That's what happened.”
And it happened in a road game ripe for the taking, with Texas' leading scorer J'Covan Brown limited by an ankle injury and the rest of the Longhorns limited as shooters.
Brown, who averaged 19.3 points entering Saturday's game, managed just six on 2-of-5 shooting against the Cowboys. The rest of the team combined to make 16-of-55 shots, meaning the Longhorns shot 30 percent from the floor – and won.
The Cowboys had their own struggles, shooting 40.4 percent (19-of-47) and turning the ball over 21 times. And then there was the one other thing. Foul trouble.
“They played pretty aggressive defense on us,” Ford said. “But we had a tough time getting into a flow, because every time we turned around they were calling a foul on us.
“I'm anxious to go back and watch the film.”
Texas, by contrast, finished with 17 fouls. The Longhorns shot 29 free throws, making 19. OSU was 5-of-11 from the line.
Ford stopped short of saying some, or most, were bad calls against his club.
“I didn't say that,” Ford said.
He did, however, say that the fouls influenced the Cowboys' play, from their flow to their aggressiveness to their available bodies.
“It's tough,” said Cowboys freshman forward Michael Cobbins. “You like the game to just flow along and get into it. It's hard to get in a flow when you've got a whistle always going off. It's stop and go and stop and go and your body starts getting stiff.