By Jason Elmquist
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State took out its frustrations on the Cowboys’ first loss of the season on an unprepared South Carolina squad Friday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
OSU rode a solid defensive performance, holding the Gamecocks to 35.6 percent from the field on 16 of 45 shooting, to claim a 79-52 blowout heading into finals week.
“It felt pretty good. It was a bounce back game for us,” Le’Bryan Nash said. “Got a big win against a good team. They will be a good team in the SEC.”
The Cowboys forced USC into 24 turnovers, which made it difficult for the Gamecocks to do much on the offensive end for much of the game. OSU was able to turn that into 33 points off those turnovers.
South Carolina didn’t reach double digit scoring until there was nearly four minutes left in the first half — at which point Oklahoma State had already pushed its lead past 20 points. The Gamecocks shot just 20 percent in the opening 20 minutes, going 4 of 20 from the field and finishing with 15 points in the first half.
“It was just a team effort on the defensive end, everybody was doing their job whether it was on the ball or off the ball,” Cobbins said. “The bigs did a great job helping each other out and the guards were doing a good job of locking up their guys.”
The Cowboys got a balanced attack on offense with all five starters reaching double figures — and a total of eight players getting in on the scoring. Nash led the Cowboys with 16 points, going 5 of 7 from the field and another 6 of 9 from the free throw line.
Also getting double figures was Marcus Smart (13), Markel Brown (11), Brian Williams (10) and Michael Cobbins (10). Oklahoma State had 13 assists on the 25 baskets made with Smart leading the team with 5 of those assists.
Oklahoma State will have the next week off for finals before traveling to Oklahoma City for the All-College Classic, where OSU will face Louisiana Tech on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in Chesapeake Energy Arena.