December 6, 2013

Back on track: Cowboys roll Gamecocks

For at least one night, there was no debate the Big 12 is better than the SEC.

Behind stellar defense, great tenacity and a spread-out scoring attack, the Oklahoma State Cowboys ran through the South Carolina Gamecocks, 79-52.

Le'Bryan Nash led the Cowboys in scoring with 16 points and all starters scored double-digits, something not done since 2009. Marcus Smart had a quiet 13 points and five assists. Michael Cobbins nearly had a double-double with 10 points and seven boards.

OSU (8-1) appeared to have the Memphis loss on its mind, for it got on the Gamecocks early. OSU led by as many 26 points in the first half.

"We got off to a great start, defensively, against a really good team," OSU coach Travis Ford said. "I don't know if there have been many first-half defensive performances in this gym better than that."

USC (2-3) had some positives. It shot 54.5 percent from behind the arc and outrebounded the Cowboys, 36-32.

"They're (Oklahoma State) good and they came out and did exactly what I thought they would do, which is when you have a good team and they're experienced like they are, coming off a loss and they've been sitting around for four days with that loss in their stomach, they came out and punched us," USC coach Frank Martin said.

Highlights

- Stevie Clark's return to the lineup was a sigh-of-relief for OSU fans. Ford had given little word on the availability of his top freshman, other than to say it was a "wait and see" approach. His numbers don't stick out (three points, two assists), but the fact Ford decided Clark had served his punishment enough is reassuring.

-When it takes the opponent about 15 minutes to score more than 10 points, safe to say...

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