Ford Glad Cowboys Finally Get Close Win

Oklahoma State has played its share of close games in recent weeks and Travis Ford said it felt good to finally walk into the locker room after the final buzzer with a victory after being on the other end too many times. The Cowboys are now 2-3 this season in Big 12 Conference contests decided on the game's final play.

The Cowboys walked off the Gallagher-Iba Arena floor Saturday with the victory but only after Texas Tech's John Roberson's potential, game-winning 22-footer bounced off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

OSU won 96-87 in overtime at Iowa State, but the Cowboys have lost three Big 12 contests in the game's final possession – at Colorado (75-71), at Texas Tech (75-74 in overtime) and against Texas A&M (67-66).

"I've been doing this for 14 years and I've had one other year like this where I've had so many games come down to the last possession," said Ford, who said one of his Eastern Kentucky teams also played in numerous close games.

"Our team has been through a lot to say the least. I'm very proud of them. I'm very proud of the nine guys who dressed out (today). I'm very proud of how they're competing. You can say what you want to about this team, and there's a lot being said, it may not be the prettiest, it may not be the most talented, it may not be the deepest, it may be a lot of things, but they play hard. That's going to pay off for us eventually, and it did for us tonight.

"You're looking at two teams that are just fighting for a win and it comes down to the last shot. It could have went either way. But I'm proud of our basketball team. I'm so proud of them right now for getting 17 wins, five in this league and we lost three others on the last possession, and everything we've been through," Ford added.

Point Guard From California Watches Victory
The highest rated high school point guard in the nation who hasn't already signed was in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday to watch OSU's victory over Texas Tech. Point guard Cezar Guerrero from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. (near Los Angeles) is on his official visit to Oklahoma State.

The 6-0, 170-pound Guerrero sat on the OSU bench during pre-game warmups and was directly behind the Cowboys bench during the game.

Guerrero originally committed to Western Kentucky but reopened his recruitment in November. He is now being recruited by OSU, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas.

OSU appears to be one of the frontrunners for Guerrero, who averaged 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior.

"They've been out here frequently. They've been out here since November regularly to watch games," his brother Joe Guerrero told GoPokes.com on Thursday. "They brought in the whole coaching staff for one of our last games. Coach (Travis) Ford, Coach (Chris) Ferguson and Coach (Butch) Pierre, all three of them, were out here. We've been dealing mostly with Coach Ferguson, and we've talked to Coach Ford on our weekly phone call that's allowed."


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