And Soucek added four points, two assists, two rebounds and much enthusiasm, seeming almost giddy for each of his 14 minutes on the floor.
“They both came in and gave us great minutes,” Cobbins said of Guerrero and Soucek. “Marek coming in, getting an and-1, taking a charge, getting assists, doing it all. And little stuff that doesn't show up in the stat sheet.”
With contributions across the board, it added up to a big win.
And after Wednesday's dud performance at Oklahoma, a needed win, with these Cowboys working to stack up some building blocks toward next season.
Ford felt the game so important, he even made personal phone calls to several players, urging more out of them.
“I let it slip at one point,” Ford said, “‘This is a must-win game. We've got to win this game, somehow.'
“Sometimes teams can handle that pressure and sometimes they can't.”
The Cowboys thrived on it, leading from the 13:41 mark of the first half, quickly extending a 29-26 halftime edge to double-digits less than three minutes into the second half.
Williams provided steady offense, firing in two 3-pointers during OSU's early second-half surge. Page finished with 15 points and three assists. Brown added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. And Cobbins grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to go with six points and four steals.
At least for one day, Nash was hardly missed.
“We're just showing that even if we're down one, we can still compete,” Cobbins said. “It just takes everyone stepping up another level and filling those shoes.”