After missing the first five games with a fractured big toe, Michael Cobbins had been easing his way back into action.
Saturday, in a 62-42 win over Missouri State, the Cowboys forward played a season-high 26 minutes and made the most of them, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds – both season bests.
“Felt pretty good,” Cobbins said. “Coach (Travis Ford) trusted me with some minutes and I came through for him. Definitely feel like I'm getting back in the rhythm.”
Cobbins went 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line and said overall he felt like he slowed his game down.
“That was one thing I definitely came into the game thinking,” he said, “‘Just stay calm, let it come to you.'
“The last game, I was trying to rush things; a little panicky. This game was much better.”
Backup point guard Kirby Gardner also got valuable minutes with starter Marcus Smart strapped with foul trouble, playing 20 minutes. Gardner scored five points and handed out two assists.
“That's the best he's played,” Ford said. “Normally when you lose Marcus as early as we lost him, you get worried a little bit. But Kirby, I thought, did a terrific job.
“Maybe that's what he needed, more than two or three minutes at a time, because he's been doing a great job in practice.”
UP NEXT: CENTRAL ARKANSAS
With finals week upon them, the Cowboys pause from game action before returning to the floor next Sunday against Central Arkansas.
UCA was 3-3 entering Saturday's game at Southeast Missouri.
* Missouri State's 13 first-half points were the fewest by an OSU opponent before intermission since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored just 11 in last year's season opener.
* The Cowboys grabbed 28 rebounds before intermission, tying for the most by OSU in the Ford era in the first half (the Pokes also had 28 vs Texas in the first period on Feb. 28, 2009).
* Le'Bryan Nash's dunk midway through the first half gave him 500 points for his career.
* For the fifth time in the first eight games, Oklahoma State recorded 40 or more rebounds as a team; the Cowboys recorded 40 or more boards in five games all last season. OSU finished with a season-high 46 rebounds.
* OSU held Missouri State to a season opponent-low 42 points. It is also the third time this season that the Cowboys have held an opponent below 50 points.
* Oklahoma State had a plus-24 rebounding margin against the Bears, tying for the 16th-biggest margin in school history, and the biggest since outrebounding Southwestern Oklahoma State 54-28 on Jan. 2, 2007. It was the biggest rebounding margin against a Division I opponent since Nov. 20, 2005, when the Cowboys outrebounded Jackson State 51-22.