NORMAN — 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.
“We better start shooting it better,” Ford cracked wise. “Assists are a two-way street. You've got to be able to pass and you've got to have somebody who's able to put it in the hole.”
And then there's that.
The worst shooting team in the Big 12, from short- and long-range, lived down to its standards again against the Sooners. The Cowboys shot just 40.4 percent overall, worse even than their 43.7 percent season average, and made just 2-of-11 tries from 3-point range.
Dating back to non-conference games against non-descript foes, OSU's scoring woes have been obvious, even in wins.
“We watch it on film,” Ford said. “Even when we score, we have to work so hard to get baskets, because we're not the best passing team. Six assists, 17 turnovers, I mean, psshht.
“And when you can't pass the ball and shoot the ball, well… It's a struggle, no question about it.”
Bundled up, all that is cause for regret in a season when the Cowboys can't crack an NCAA Tournament that figures to search far and wide for worthy participants.
There are games remaining, first in the Big 12 Tournament, beginning Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Then in one of the lesser postseason events, likely the NIT.
“The most important thing is to make sure guys don't get down,” Moses said. “Win or lose, the season's not over until it's over.
“We do have postseason play. Just try to win as many games as we can, make the best out of a situation that should be better. We just didn't take care of business the way we should have – all season, not just tonight.”