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December 6, 2012

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

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STILLWATER — "In a game like this, when you get in foul trouble and you have to sit out, you are not get in a flow," Ford said. "It's impossible.

"In a game like this, if you are not able to stay out there for a long period of time and. get a sweat going and get a feel for their defense, it's hard to get going."

The missing offense didn't matter nearly as much with Oklahoma State's defense returning to form after Virginia Tech shot 50 percent in the second half while beating the Cowboys 81-71 on Saturday. That amounted to 16 more points than any other opponent had scored against OSU this season.

The Cowboys clamped down, limiting South Florida to two baskets over the final 12 minutes of the first half but still led only 24-22 when Shaun Noriega made a 3-pointer to start the second half for the Bulls.

Oklahoma State had an answer every time the Bulls pulled within a basket, and Smart finally sparked the run that put it away.

Jurick's slam, off Smart's missed 3-pointer, made it 50-35.

"Him being out there is impressive to me. But that dunk, that's something we haven't seen in practice or anything," Ford said. "He usually lays them up in practice, even in drills, he usually doesn't dunk. It takes him a while to get warmed up.

"We haven't seen that from him."

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