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December 6, 2012

BASKETBALL: No. 23 Cowboys rebound from loss, beat South Florida

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STILLWATER — "When we can get a performance from a big man like that, because we've got some of the best guards in the country, I believe, then that just helps our team be that much better."

Victor Rudd had 14 points and Anthony Collins scored 12 for South Florida (5-3). The Bulls were held to a season-worst 34 percent shooting and had their lowest scoring game of the season.

Smart, the Cowboys' playmaking freshman, nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing to launch a 16-5 run that put Oklahoma State in control in the second half. He finished it off by hitting another 3, then making a quick steal in the backcourt before setting up Brown's layup for a 48-34 lead with 7:29 remaining.

The Bulls couldn't get closer than nine points after that. Coach Stan Heath said they're looking for just what Jurick gave Oklahoma State.

"The lack of probably an interior game is haunting us a little bit," Heath said. "When you have a stretch like that where you don't score, you want to throw the ball inside and we just don't have that presence right now."

In looking over the box score, Heath saw that his group of three centers combined for no points and five rebounds.

"I'm looking for somebody at that 5 position to give me something," Heath said. "Give me something. That's kind of where we are right now."

Le'Bryan Nash, the Cowboys' leading scorer with a 19-point average, ran into some minor foul trouble and had only six points — four coming on free throws in the final 2 minutes.

Nash, who had scored in double digits in 15 consecutive games dating to last season, attempted just four shots.

Ford said he wasn't worried that Nash had revered to his freshman form, when he'd have one big game and then follow it with a lackadaisical performance.

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