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Woeful performance squashes any talk of OSU in the NCAA Tournament

by John Helsley Modified: March 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm •  Published: March 5, 2011

Marshall Moses regularly struggles to let go of the ghosts of key losses past.

“They always haunt me,” said the Oklahoma State senior. “I've still got games haunting me from my sophomore year. Missouri at home…

“I can name 'em, that's how much I think about them.”

In a season of regrettable losses, add Saturday's 64-61 Bedlam breakdown to the list.

With their final breath squeezed from any NCAA Tournament conversation — which somehow lingered this long — the Cowboys committed 17 turnovers and shot but 34.6 percent from the floor with the game on the line in the second half.

“We didn't play our best basketball, at all,” Moses said. “We just didn't play good. I hate games like that. This is definitely going to be one of those games you hate to lose.

“Not taking anything away from OU, I'd rather them beat us playing our best basketball, rather than them beat us and for us to beat ourselves.”

The Cowboys finished the Big 12 regular season at 6-10, matching their worst mark ever in the conference.

And they finished winless on the road at 0-8. So none of their best basketball was found there.

“I thought we were on an upward swing, after some good home games,” OSU coach Travis Ford said, referencing recent wins against Texas Tech and Baylor inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“We talked about all the different things we learned playing on the road this year. We hadn't talked about our struggles, just the things we learned. I thought we had cured some of the things we saw again tonight.”

Instead, the Cowboys reverted to road kill.

OSU managed but six assists, prompting the thought that Ford, a former playmaking point guard, could still manage that many himself.

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