As fun as Thursday night's 109-56 romp was for everyone in orange, injuries — one new and two lingering — cast some concern going forward.
Cowboys starting forward Michael Cobbins, the team's one experienced post player, left early in the first half with an injury to his left big toe and didn't return. Jéan-Paul Olukemi (knee) and Philip Jurick (Achilles) didn't play, as both continue to take it cautiously in returning from injuries suffered a year ago, although Cowboys coach Travis Ford said Jurick's absence was also because of suspension from repeated legal issues.
Cobbins is the latest blow, with Ford not sounding at all optimistic that he'll return soon.
With Brian Williams also out for the season following wrist surgery, OSU is down four players who have started in their careers.
“Eventually, they're all going to get out there and play, except for Brian,” Ford said. “But it is what it is. That's reality.
“We can sit around and dwell on it or figure out how to be great with what we've got.”
Up next: Hush, hush
Officially, OSU's next game is the regular season opener Nov. 9 against UC Davis at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Tip time for that game is 8 p.m., the back half of a doubleheader with the OSU women, who play Cal Poly at 5:30 p.m.
Before then, however, the Cowboys are scheduled for a scrimmage — Sunday against North Texas if Twitter banter among players is accurate — which is allowed by the NCAA, but can't be publicized, reported on or open to the public or the media.
Lob Stilly still thriving
The Cowboys' “LobStilly” movement, a take off on the Los Angeles Clippers “Lob City” moniker attached to their highflying dunks, was back on display Thursday night.
Also familiar was Brown leading the way with several jams, including a breakaway, one-handed 360-degree spin dunk that wowed the crowd.