“That’s exactly what we’re going to need,” Ford said. “We need Brian (Williams, who finished with four boards) to chip in there a little bit. But sometimes, we other guys are getting eight each, there’s not many to be gotten. It’s a total collective effort, and that’s really what we’ve been talking about the last couple of days.”
With the game well in hand in the second half, Ford elected to get Nash in an offensive rhythm — which also helped Oklahoma State extend its lead.
The junior from Dallas scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes and was one of four Cowboys to score double digits in the win, along with Smart, Brown (14) and Brian Williams (10).
“I didn’t like his approach in the first half. I think he was taking a few things for granted,” the Cowboys coach said. “What I loved about LB was in the second half, he went to about fifth gear, he was playing physical.
“The first shot of the half, he goes up and gets an offensive rebound. His approach was much different, and we went to him a lot to see if he was ready to go.”
The Cowboys will venture to Kansas next for a Saturday contest at Allen Fieldhouse, where OSU came away with an upset a year ago. The 3 p.m. game between the two teams picked to win the Big 12 Conference will be televised on CBS.
“Kansas is a great basketball team, maybe one of the most talented teams in the country and deepest team in the country,” Ford said. “We understand the challenge ahead of us.”
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