Oklahoma State shot 57.1 percent, helped in good part by 11 dunks, six of those by Brown, who went 7 of 14 from the field. Most of those slams, Ford said, were made possible by unselfish play.
“We drew a few plays up in the timeouts to get a couple of lobs, different things like that,” he said. “But on the break, I thought our guys . made pretty good decisions most of the time. We changed ends very quickly and that’s something we’ve been working on, getting out a little bit quicker than we have been. That can be, possibly, a strength of ours.”
Robert Morris missed its first four shots and Oklahoma State sprinted to a 9-0 lead, with Marcus Smart scoring or assisting on the Cowboys’ first three baskets. The Cowboys built a 15-point advantage before Robert Morris rallied within 35-27 on a basket by Anderson with 3:48 left in the first half.
Oklahoma State went on an 11-2 run to rebuild its lead to 46-31 by halftime, despite playing much of the half without Smart (due to foul trouble) and starting center Michael Cobbins, who hobbled off the floor 31⁄2 minutes into the game and never returned.
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