Tahlequah Daily Press

December 18, 2013

Cowboys bring down Hornets


— STILLWATER — The Cowboys beat Delware State in every aspect of the game, rebounding, shooting, turnovers, assists and blocks. When that happens it’s tough not to win.

No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State dominated the Hornets 75-43 on Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena to move to 10-1. Delaware State dropped to 2-9.

“I liked our effort. I thought we just locked in,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said.

The Cowboys held a 30-16 lead after the first 20 minutes. The Cowboys shot 0 of 8 from deep but only allowed the Hornets to shoot 24 percent. Even though the Cowboys led by double-digits at the break Ford wanted more.

“We were playing hard but I didn’t like the way we were playing,” Ford said. “I told them ‘We’ve got more in us. We’re better than what we’re playing’...It made them play better.”

Right out of the locker room the Cowboys started off strong with a 16-2 run.

Oklahoma State ended the game beating the Hornets 21-0 in fast break points, 36-12 in the paint and 28-6 off of turnovers. The Cowboy defense forced 17 turnovers.

“This team wanted to slow it down a lot. We actually got out and put some pressure on them and we pushed the ball,” Oklahoma State senior Markel Brown said.

Le’Bryan Nash and Brown led the Cowboys with 14 point a piece. Stevie Clark dropped in nine points, including two 3-point shots. Marcus Smart did not score his first bucket until the second half but finished with eight points. Michael Cobbins also chipped in eight points. Phil Forte had a tough night shooting after missing his first eight shots from deep but ended with six points.

Brown brought the smaller crowd to their feet with a one-handed slam in transition in the first half. Even though the crowd loved the dunk, Brown thought otherwise.

“Everybody else liked it but I don’t see what they liked about it. I feel like it was weak,” Brown said.

The slow Delaware State offense had a tough time getting up shots throughout the night. The Cowboy defense forced six shot clock violations.

“That means we are playing defense. If we can hold a team to 35 seconds without giving them a good shot that means we are locked in,” Oklahoma State junior Le’Bryan Nash said.

The Hornets led the game once at 2-1 with 19:26 to play. After Cobbins gathered a Brown pass and threw it down at the 17:25 mark for a 3-2, the Cowboys controlled the game throughout.

The Cowboys will look to No. 20 ranked Colorado in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“We’re going to go out there with a business mindset,” Brown said. “Just go in there and focus.”