OSU/ISU Notebook

One player made his Oklahoma State debut in Wednesday night's 71-68 loss at Iowa State. Freshman guard Christien Sager from Wichita Falls, Texas, played nearly one minute in the first half and didn't record any stats before he was pulled out.

Sager was awarded the team's final scholarship before the season because of his outstanding work in the classroom and in practice. It's hard to tell after such limited exposure whether coach Travis Ford is planning on playing him more as the season moves on, but the 6-foot-3 guard getting his first playing time in a conference road game against a likely NCAA Tournament team is a bit odd.

Nash turns it on in Ames

Le'Bryan Nash hasn't been a model of consistency for the Cowboys in his first year in Stillwater and conference play has yielded similar results. Through two Big 12 home games Nash has 42 points and 4 turnovers. In two Big 12 road games: 18 points and 11 turnovers.

Nash got his third crack at a road game against ISU and he made the most of it. The 6-foot-7 freshman tied his career high with 21 points for the four time and the third time in five games but this was his most efficient outing yet.

Nash made 10-of-19 shots and committed just one turnover. He also pulled two three rebounds, dished two assists and had a block and a steal. At one point Nash scored 11-straight points for OSU in the second half, seven of which came in a 90-second span.

Nash is showing on a more frequent basis the level of explosiveness that OSU fans had been anticipating from the start.

Guerrero's struggles continue

While Nash has been finding a way to be consistently productive the past few weeks, the Cowboys' other freshman has found the going tough in Big 12 play.

Cezar Guerrero, now the only scholarship point guard on OSU's roster, logged just six minutes in Ames and went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting, continuing a trend the California native needs to shake.

Through five conference games, Guerrero is averaging 2.8 points per game and has made only 5-of-29 shots — or 17 percent — and has yet to hit a 3-pointer (0-6).

The freshman has shown flashes of what he's capable of in nonconference play but has struggled to adapt to the rugged nature of the Big 12, at least not yet.

Brown excels at point guard

OSU has been looking for answers at the point guard position since Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley quit the team back in December. Coach Ford and his staff might have found their answer in Markel Brown.

The sophomore guard used his athleticism and speed to cause matchup problems as he sliced through the defense and found his Cowboy teammates all night. Brown finished with eight points and six rebounds but the most impressive stat he posted against the Cyclones was his 11 assists. His assists were the first most for a Cowboy since Byron Eaton had 11 against Pitt in 2009.

Making his assist total even that much more impressive was the fact he only committed one turnover. Unfortunately, that turnover came with 4.8 seconds remaining and gave the ball back to ISU for the game-winning shot.

But that one miscue isn't what should be taken away from his performance. Brown played all 40 minutes and did it nearly flawlessly at an unfamiliar position. This could prove to be a very positive sign for the Cowboys moving forward.


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