In OSU's season-opening win over UC Davis, post players Philip Jurick and Marek Soucek were nary a factor.
Jurick played but three minutes and Soucek never got off the bench.
Needed against Akron 7-footer Zeke Marshall, the Cowboys big men played and produced.
Jurick totaled 20 minutes, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots before fouling out. Soucek added three rebounds, a block and a steal in 11 minutes, and also drew the fifth foul on Marshall.
NASH ASSERTS HIMSELF
With the loss of Olukemi taking away one of OSU's reliable scoring options, someone was needed to take on more of a workload.
Le'Bryan Nash responded, scoring 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 8-of-12 shooting from the line, while adding seven rebounds.
“I thought Le'Bryan may have played the best game he's ever played,” Ford said. “As far as the impact he made in the game, he made some big plays for us.”