Oklahoma State basketball notebook: For openers, at least it's a win

The Cowboys showed little polish in their 73-65 season-opening win over UC Davis. Some of that's to be expected, perhaps, with the team still learning to deal with injuries to Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins.
by John Helsley Published: November 10, 2012

OSU opens against Akron in a game set for 9:30 a.m. CT, with ESPNU handling the broadcast. The Cowboys will play either Tennessee or UNC-Asheville Friday.


Cowboys senior Jéan-Paul Olukemi is still dealing with some swelling in his surgically repaired knee, enough to limit his practice availability.

Still, Olukemi started and played 22 minutes Friday night, contributing 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Joining Olukemi among the starting five: Smart, Le'Bryan Nash, Kamari Murphy and Markel Brown.


Midway through the second half, Brown crashed to the ground, then rolled around on the court, grasping his left shoulder.

With Williams and Cobbins already missing, it was a scary sight. Brown left the floor, but eventually returned and coach Travis Ford said he was OK.

“When I saw him grab his shoulder I thought, ‘That's the last thing we need,'” Forte said. “That was the first thing that entered my mind, ‘C'mon, can't we get a break?'”

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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