OSU Downs Mean Green, Falls To Gamecocks
12/6/14 OSU Cowboys @ So. Carolina Gamecocks
Duane Notice had 20 points, his fourth straight game in double digits, as the South Carolina Gamecocks ended Oklahoma State's perfect start with a 75-49 victory on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (5-3) used a 20-4 run midway through the second half to take control in the Big 12/SEC Challenge game. After Anthony Hickey's basket drew Oklahoma State (7-1) to 37-32, Demetrius Henry and Notice hit jumpers to start the surge. Johnson had 8 points in the decisive stretch, including a pair of three-point plays -- the last which put the Gamecocks up 57-36 with 11:56 remaining.
Oklahoma State came in as one of the Big 12's highest scoring and best shooting teams, averaging 79.4 points a game and making 48.8 percent of its shots to trail only Iowa State in that category. But the Cowboys were ice cold against South Carolina.
Phil Forte, coming off a career high 32 points in an 87-61 victory over North Texas, was just 1 of 8 from the field for OSU. His teammates fared almost as poorly, Oklahoma State making only eight of 31 shots the first 20 minutes -- and just four of 21 attempts inside the arc. Forte had just 5 points and made only one of his 14 shots.
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford hadn't seen his team miss that many shots in a long time. Ford graciously credited South Carolina's pressure defense, but still struggled to find something good to take away from the Cowboys' first loss this season. "There aren't many positives out there for us," he said.
12/13/14 OSU Cowboys @ Memphis Tigers
Next up for the Cowboys are the Memphis Tigers. The squad gets the week off for finals, but return to the hardwood in the second game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. OSU heads to Memphis, TN this Saturday to take the Tigers by the tail at Fed Ex Arena in Memphis, with the tip-off slated for 5pm. You can catch all the action, starting with the Cowboys show with Dave Hunsiker at 4pm, on My107 and my1073fm.com.