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December 16, 2013

Cowboys aim to avoid letdown

STILLWATER, Okla. — It’s a trap!

Travis Ford didn’t want to say it, but apparently his players have — though it sounds as though it’s more as a way to stay focused.

After grinding out a win against Louisiana Tech at the All-College Classic Saturday in Oklahoma City — after having not played in a week — the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team doesn’t want to overlook a game on their schedule against Delaware State that precedes a weekend trip to Las Vegas to face a top 25 Colorado squad that recently beat Kansas.

“Even we’ve said it’s a trap game. We’ve got to go out and play the way were are capable of playing,” OSU senior Markel Brown said. “We haven’t been too good in the second half of games, so we’re going to have to work hard in the second half of these games.”

According to Ford, it has been the players using the phrase “trap game.” But Ford doesn’t necessarily feel that his players are overlooking a two-win Delaware State — especially after Saturday’s poor offensive showing in a 70-55 win over Louisiana Tech.

“We haven’t mentioned it, but one of the players had said it when they were in their huddle,” Ford said. “I think it was just a way to get guys together and get them ready for this game. But our guys, for the most part this year, have done a good job of getting ready for the next game, whoever that may be.”

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s game may not be the best chance for OSU to get going offensively. The Hornets play with a slow pace — different from the uptempo style the Cowboys prefer and saw against Louisiana Tech.

DSU (2-8) is averaging 60.3 points per game, while its opponents are averaging 65.3 per contest. In games against BCS conference squads Georgia Tech and Clemson, the teams combined for fewer than 120 points.

The same was the case when DSU faced then No. 25-ranked Dayton, with the Flyers holding on for a 56-46 win.

“We’re going to have be disciplined defensively because they are going to take their time. They’re not going to be in any hurry and going to take the shot clock down,” Ford said. “They have some talent, they’re just a little more deliberate on offense and wait for somebody to make a mistake and they’ll take advantage of that mistake.”

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