“Coach Ford talking to us in the timeout, telling us we had to get it together or we'll get beat,” said Cowboys guard Le'Bryan Nash. “We didn't want that. We don't want to get beat and get nationally exposed for that.”
Nash finished with a game-high 19 points for the Cowboys, who had five reach double figures scoring. Markel Brown added 14, Phil Forte 12 and Marcus Smart and Michael Cobbins 10 each. Smart added seven assists, while Philip Jurick grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
So there was something for everyone.
And something special for Budke, who returned to Stillwater from St. Gregory's to be closer to his mother and sister Sara and brother Brett just 13 months after his father died in a plane crash on a recruiting trip to Arkansas.
After passing up the easier shot, the Cowboys starters on the bench starting pointing to Budke, instructing for the ball to get back to him. Sager made it happen, feeding Budke in the corner, where he buried OSU's final points with 18 seconds left to play.
“It's real big, not only for the team, but everyone at OSU,” Brown said, “seeing Alex Budke go out there and get a couple minutes, knock down a big 3. I know the fans loved it, so did the team.”
Jordan Harks led Central Arkansas with 16 points and seven rebounds.