Cowboy Basketball Notes

Le'Bryan Nash spun on the outside, drove baseline and elevated, floating a perfect assist to Michael Cobbins for a ferocious dunk. That basket pull the Cowboys to within two at 24-22 with four minutes left in the first half.

It was a pretty play and it put an emphatic finishing touch on a 9-0 Cowboy run. That would be the last field goal Oklahoma State would hit for 15 minutes.

These droughts have become predictable this season and the one against the Wildcats really cost OSU in the end.

During the scoreless stretch, the Cowboys went 0-for-13 with six turnovers and K-State's lead built to 11, a lead OSU could not overcome.

Remember the 10

With the upcoming 11th anniversary of the Jan. 27, 2001 plane crash, a moment of silence was held before the game to honor and remember the 10 men lost.

At halftime, the Remember the Ten Run steering committee presented a $20,000 check to OSU Counseling Services. They also announced the creation of a scholarship program specializing in the fields of clinical psychology, community counseling, marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology. The scholarship program supports masters and doctoral students enrolled in these fields at OSU.

These scholarships are worth $1,000 each with $500 given each semester.

Streak Saver

Oklahoma State entered Saturday's contest having made a 3-point basket in 371 consecutive games.

For 38 minutes it appeared that streak would come to an end before Keiton Page connected in the final minutes. The streak may still be alive but it comes with a dubious distinction. The Cowboys finished 1-for-16 from 3 and the 6.3 percent is the lowest for OSU inside Gallagher-Iba Arena since the 3-point line was created (with at least 10 attempts).

The previous low came last season when the Cowboys shot 7.1 percent against Oklahoma.

Martin ecstatic about victory

Kansas State coach Frank Martin is a college basketball fan. He knows the history and he knows the records. He also knew his Wildcats hadn't won in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 1993 so he was thrilled after the game and explained why it meant so much to win in Stillwater.

"This is one of the most intimidating places that I've ever coached a basketball game at," Martin said. "The crowd and the way it sits right on top of you, it seems like the court it smaller because everything is so congested there. It's awesome, it's incredible."

Five Quick Hits

1) For the second straight game an OSU player made his Cowboy debut. Walkon Grayson George played the final 7.2 seconds remaining. Former walkon Christien Sager earned his first playing time in the loss at Iowa State. He saw the floor again against KSU, playing one minute.

2) Good quote here from Ford on the support he's seeing from Cowboy fans despite the team's struggles: "I can't tell you how many people, as I was walking out of the gym, were saying, ‘Hey, we're behind you. We're behind you, Travis. We're behind you...' talking to the team," Ford said. "We really appreciate that and it means a lot. If there is any reason to watch these guys come play it's because the future is good. They give it everything they've got, they're playing extremely hard, they're playing good defense. We're the youngest team in America and our kids are getting after it."

3) Even though three Cowboys fouled out (Cezar Guerrero, Markel Brown and Brian Williams) and seldom-to-never-used players Christien Sager and Grayson George played in the final minute, former starting center Philip Jurick played just eight minutes against KSU with only two fouls to his name. It's even stranger given the Cowboys were outrebounded by 21.

4) You know officiating isn't good when the refs have to have added security leaving the floor at halftime and again after the game. The foul count was OSU 29, KSU 23 but anyone watching knows that isn't representative of how that game was actually called.

5) Keiton Page passed JamesOn Curry into 16th place on OSU's all-time scoring list. Page scored 17 against K-State, giving him 1,373 in his career.


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