OSU basketball notebook: Hot shot
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1/13/13 at 6:44 AM
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Oklahoma State did its homework on the Sooners, but the scouting report didn't include the ability to get hot from 3-point range.
"We didn't expect them to make that many 3s," Cowboy guard Markel Brown said. "We didn't expect the certain players who made 3s to make them.
"That hurt us, but we adjusted during the game and somehow we still weren't able to stop it."
OU shot 61.5 percent from behind the arc, a season high. The team entered the game hitting 31 percent of its 3-pointers.
Road woes: The Cowboys dropped a second Big 12 road game this season and are 1-18 in conference road games in the past three years.
"I think it's just a big mental approach coming up to a game on the road," forward Michael Cobbins said. "Basically you're on the court with yourself.
"We're all that we've got, coming into a different atmosphere where everyone is against you instead of being at home where everybody is for you. You've just got to stick together and everybody be on the same page and work it out."
Four for Forte: Freshman sharp-shooter Phil Forte completed a four-point play at a key time in the first half and trimmed OU's advantage from 12 points to eight. He finished with 12 points and had three 3-pointers.
"I thought he played well," coach Travis Ford said. "We needed his shots to go in, and he's a guy we count on to make shots. He was the guy that made them."
Quiet day for Smart: Because of foul trouble, Marcus Smart was held below his scoring average. He had 10 points, three steals, three assists and two rebounds.
"Marcus Smart is a terrific player, and with any great player you have to give them a little extra attention," Sooner coach Lon Kruger said. "The guy that is on him has to work hard and we have to be ready to help in either direction."
Up next: The Cowboys are off until Saturday, when they host Texas Tech at 1 p.m.