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November 26, 2012

Brown, Nash lead Oklahoma St. against Portland St.

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STILLWATER —

Winston had been averaging 14.7 points and led the team in scoring in each of the first three games this season. Portland State shot 39.6 percent and fell to 0-3 on its four-game road trip.

The Vikings hadn’t faced a ranked opponent since December 2009, when they beat rival Portland, which was No. 25 at the time.

“Look at their three guards, they’ve got three or four inches at every position, so we had a mismatch from the beginning,” Geving said. “They’ll probably be playing most games in the Big 12 with a size advantage and they have a size advantage on the perimeter playing defense, you can see why they are so good that way.”

Oklahoma State went with a seven-man rotation with Brian Williams and Jean-Paul Olukemi both out for the season and Michael Cobbins (toe) and Marek Soucek (knee) still recovering from injuries. Coach Travis Ford held out hope that both might return for next Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech.

“We’ve got to get some guys back. We’ve played well until this point but we need to get a few guys back,” Ford said. “But chemistry has been good. ... Guys have just figured out, because we’ve had some guys do a lot of different things out there on the court, play a lot of positions, do a lot of different things and they’ve accepted that and never complained.”

The Cowboys climbed into the Top 25 this week for the first time since 2007, following a perfect run through the Puerto Rico Tipoff and an upset of then-No. 6 North Carolina State in the tournament championship game. The game marked the first time Oklahoma State has been ranked in Ford’s five years as coach.

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