No. 15 Oklahoma State (21-6, 11-4): 64
TCU (10-18, 1-14): 47
IN A NUTSHELL:
The Cowboys knew this could be a trap game, so they got out early against the Horned Frogs. But TCU kept it close, within single-digits. After a TCU mid-range jumper at the 8:04 mark, they cut the lead to three points, 20-17. Le’Bryan Nash led the Cowboys’ in scoring early, with 14 at the break. But TCU kept their deficit manageable, despite the ease in which OSU, especially Nash, scored in the paint. Jurick started well despite two early fouls (4 points, 3 blocks). But Marcus Smart hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to give OSU its first double-digit lead. The Cowboys started the roll in the final 90 seconds with back-to-back baskets from Brian Williams. OSU led 38-24 after a 12-1 run to end the first half.
The Cowboys went full-steam ahead to start the second half. A two-handed Nash slam (with a beautiful assist from Smart) put OSU up 20 less than four minutes in. The Cowboys allowed just 6 TCU points midway through the half. The Horned Frogs couldn’t get within 10 points the remainder of the game. Nash continued his dominance, and the Cowboys rolled to their fifth-straight Big 12 road victory, getting an easy one in Ft. Worth, 64-47.
BY THE NUMBERS:
3: Blocks for Philip Jurick.
4: Total missed shots for Le’Bryan Nash – en route to his season-high 28 points.
5: Turnovers for Marcus Smart.
27.3: FG percentage for the Horned Frogs.
55.1: FG percentage for the Cowboys.
OSU MVP: Le’Bryan Nash
The sophomore forward looked right at home, literally. The South Dallas native was completely confident and in control, scoring a game-high 28, on 12-16 shooting. Given Nash provides TCU a number of matchup problems, the Cowboys will need more of the same moving forward from the former High School All-American. His continued aggressiveness can only mean good things for OSU moving forward.
TCU MVP: Kyan Anderson
The sophomore TCU guard led the Horned Frogs with 15 points (3-7 from the 3-point line). Besides its upset victory against Kansas, it’s been a tough go for TCU hoops since joining the Big 12. Anderson is a bright spot during dark times in Ft. Worth.
Head coach Travis Ford: “They locked up on our perimeter guys, which allowed some driving angles for LB. We got him the ball in the post where he can score. I just loved his shot selection. Everything was within 5-10 feet from the basket, and he went strong to the rim ... It was good to see him play that way coming back home to the Dallas area.”
Forward Brian Williams: "We weren't making shots like we wanted to, we were just trying to stick with it and get stops at defense. I think at one point, we had six or seven stops in a row, that's how we were going to win this game.”
UP NEXT: Texas
The Cowboys host Texas (12-15, 4-10) at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena / TV: ESPN / RADIO: KSPI 93.7 FM