Cowboy Notebook: Ford Has No Comment

Travis Ford refused to comment Saturday night after the Cowboys win over Alabama on reports that Stillwater Police were investigating sexual assault charges against two unnamed Cowboy basketball players. The Oklahoma State head coach referred all questions to OSU director of communications Gary Shutt.

Stillwater Police received an anonymous letter Wednesday evening alleging that two Cowboy basketball players sexually assaulted three female students at an off-campus party last Saturday night. The Stillwater Police are expected to release the findings of their investigation to the Logan County District Attorney's office early next week.

"OSU is cooperating fully with the Stillwater police investigation and the university is taking this matter very seriously. No charges have been filed and no disciplinary action has been taken at this time," Shutt said in a release on Friday.

Role Reversal: Intentional Elbow
Oklahoma State's Matt Pilgrim has been called for several intentional fouls and one flagrant foul this season as referees have been instructed to cut down on the number of high elbows being thrown. But it was an intentional foul on Alabama's Senario Hillman left in the first half which was a decisive moment in the game.

OSU led just 19-16 with under two minutes to play in a sloppily played first half when Marshall Moses went to the foul line for two shots. On the second attempt, which he made to give the Cowboys a 21-16 advantage, Hillman caught freshman Markel Brown with an elbow as the two players battled for rebounding position.

After looking at replays, the officiating crew called an intentional foul on Hillman. Brown made both of his free throws and then the Cowboys got the ball out of bounds, and took advantage of it when Moses scored a basket. OSU's lead went from 19-16 to 25-16 in a span of 13 seconds.

"All of a sudden things changed from that point for the rest of the half," said Alabama head coach Anthony Grant.

Travis Ford said. "That's gotten us a couple of times (this season). I thought that was a big play for us."

The Cowboys closed out the first half with Jean-Paul Olukemi hitting a three-pointer and Ray Penn's drive to the basket as the clock expired for a 30-16 halftime lead.

Let's Get Physical
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide players were surprised at how physical Big 12 officials David Hall, Kelly Self and Terry Davis let the game be played. The Crimson Tide was called for 26 fouls and JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford and Senario Hillman all fouled out.

"I thought just the physicality of the game maybe shocked us a little bit early, the way the game was being played the first 10 minutes of the game or so," said Grant. "I thought our guys did a good job of keeping their composure and keep playing the game. I thought the intensity we played with in the second half gave us an opportunity ... Oklahoma State stepped up and made the plays down the stretch."

Matt Pilgrim Suffers Knee Injury
Pilgrim was helped off the floor by trainer Jason Miller in the game's final minute after suffering a knee injury. Ford is hoping it's not serious.

"He says he's OK," said Ford. "It was a little bit scary. He'll know more tomorrow when he wakes up just how sore it is. I don't know what he did. He said he hyper-extended it."


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