OSU basketball: Cowboys rout Robert Morris, lose starting forward Michael Cobbins for season

Cobbins suffered an Achilles injury that will likely end his season. And the Cowboys still face a tough Big 12 schedule.
by John Helsley Published: December 30, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins reaches for the ball beside Delaware State's Ashwell Boyd (45) during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins reaches for the ball beside Delaware State's Ashwell Boyd (45) during an NCAA college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Delaware State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — The Cowboys closed nonconference play Monday night with their 12th win in 13 games.

And with their first major dose of adversity.

No. 6-ranked Oklahoma State routed Robert Morris 92-66, but it likely lost starting forward Michael Cobbins for the rest of the season to an Achilles injury suffered in the game’s opening minutes.

Cowboys coach Travis Ford was hesitant to comment on the severity of the injury until further tests are done Tuesday, yet the tone clearly hinted at a worst-case scenario for Cobbins.

“Doesn’t look good,” Ford said.

On Twitter, comments from teammates further revealed the story.

Markel Brown, who came to OSU in the same class as Cobbins, tweeted “I hate it had to be him.” Brown also offered a hashtag of #PlayForMike20.

Freshman Jeffrey Carroll also tweeted a hashtag: #DoItForMike.

So much for warm and fuzzy feelings entering Big 12 play, with the Cowboys due in Manhattan to face streaking Kansas State — the Wildcats have won seven straight — on Saturday.

OSU has demonstrated a deep and diverse roster this season, with multiple scoring options and a rotation that has Ford has comfortably taken nine deep. Still, critics have regularly focused on one area of concern with the Cowboys: post play.

And Cobbins, at 6-foot-8, is OSU’s tallest starter and the team’s greatest presence in the paint as a shot blocker and defender.

Kamari Murphy, a top reserve, likely moves into the starting lineup in his absence. Yet Cobbins and Murphy have handled the bulk of the minutes in the post. With a man down, the Cowboys will have to lean on several players to pick up the slack.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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