OSU almost pulled off another big upset Saturday but fell short late in a 70-56 loss to West Virginia at Stillwater.
“I thought our defense played really well,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “We held them to 36 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point. For a team that traditionally fouls more than anyone else and they go to the line 37 times and we go 20 – figure that one out.
“We knew going into this what we’d have to compensate for at some point and I thought our guys had great fight to them. The turnovers were our Achilles heel. Rebounding was another Achilles heel. We had some opportunities to score the ball in the second half – free throws, few jumpers, open layups that we didn’t convert that you just have to convert.”
OSU held WVU to under 40 percent shooting. Joe Burton led the Cowboys with a career-high 16 points.
“Travis [Ford] is doing a great job, when you think about losing the people that he’s lost it’s crippling,” said Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins. “We lost some guys, not for the season like [Travis Ford] has and you lose two guys that are the quality of the guys that he’s lost for the year, it’s next to impossible to win games in this league. It’s a hard league when you have everybody and much less when you try to play without games you are building your team around.”
On Monday night, OSU lost to Iowa State 58-50 after starters Leyton Hammonds and Jeffrey Carroll did not play. Hammonds sat out with a dislocated finger, and Carroll did not make the trip due to an illness.