Notebook: OSU 90, Texas 78

Here are a selection of noteworthy stats from Oklahoma State's 90-78 victory against Texas in Stillwater on Saturday.

Reversing the trend

During Texas' four-game winning streak it made a living by creating a wide disparity from the free-throw line. Specifically in the two games before its trip to Stillwater, Texas had attempted 77 free throws against 20 from its opponents.

Against a team like OSU, which has had foul troubles, it looked like it might be a long afternoon. As it turned out, the Cowboys were the ones who made a living at the line.

Behind Keiton Page's 20-for-20 performance from the stripe, OSU made 43-of-52 from the line with all five starters attempting at least seven. Page, Brian Williams and LeBryan Nash all shot 10 or more.

In fact, the Cowboys' team total of 43 free-throws made is a Big 12 single-game record. The previous high was 40 by Missouri against Oklahoma on March 8, 1997, and Texas Tech vs. Southwestern Louisiana on Dec. 6, 1997.

On the flip side, the Longhorns barely reached the line at all, going 14-for-18.

Ball security

Even in blowout losses to Missouri and Kansas, OSU did a good job protecting the basketball and turned it over just six times in each of the two road road losses. It was more of the same at home against Texas. The Cowboys committed just eight turnovers in the game and forced Texas into 15 miscues.

Solid start

Speaking of the losses to Missouri and Kansas, OSU's offense was stagnant in the first half of both contests. The Cowboys scored 25 in the first half against the Jayhawks and 22 against the Tigers. OSU surpassed both marks a little over 10 minutes into the first half against Texas after a pair of Keiton Page free throws.

In fact, OSU's offensive output was so impressive in the opening half it surpassed its total for the entire game from the first meeting with Texas. OSU had 51 points at the break and finished with 49 in Austin.

Additional notes

— Saturday's victory was Travis Ford's 200th as a college head coach.

— Brian Williams' six steals tied for second in OSU history by a freshman.

— Michael Cobbins had four blocks, marking the fifth time this season he's had four or more.

— Markel Brown recorded his third career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


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