Before OSU’s 77-61 win over Kansas State Monday night, Markel Brown, Marcus Smart and Mason Cox were recognized on Senior Night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Brown and Cox are seniors. While Smart is only a sophomore, he was saluted, too, having already announced he’ll be entering this summer’s NBA Draft.
For Brown, the one four-year player in the group, it was night to remember.
“It was very emotional,” Brown said. “I’m sure it’s going to hit me even harder a week from now. I thought about it a lot, this is going to be my last game ever in Gallagher-Iba. It’s kind of heartbreaking.
“I had fun my four years here, playing in front of that crowd. Playing with teammates who grew into brothers. Bonding with them every day. I’m going to miss it a lot.”
Brown scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, but didn’t end his GIA career with one of his signature dunks.
“I think I got enough,” he said.
Brown did enjoy a late dunk by Cox, the walk-on who once played on the scout team for the women’s squad.
“Oh, man, did you hear the crowd when he got that dunk?” Brown said. “I was so happy for him. Mason Cox, he’s a great guy. He’s going to step out in the big world and do some great things, engineering. I’m just happy for what he did for this program, how he came in and bonded with us. He just stuck with it every day, even though he wasn’t getting a lot of minutes. I was happy to see him get that dunk.”
Up Next: at Iowa State
The Cowboys complete the regular season Saturday at Iowa State.
Tip time is 1 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones are ranked No. 16 at 22-6 overall and 10-6 in the Big 12. They are one of four teams tied in a logjam for second place in the conference.
Self sounds off On Comments
Kansas coach Bill Self wasn’t happy with Smart’s postgame comments following OSU’s 72-65 upset of the Jayhawks Saturday night.
Interviewed on ESPN immediately following the game, Smart said: “Before the game, the coaches showed us a quote of Bill Self saying he was coming here cutting down our nets, and he was gonna win it outright in Stillwater. We couldn’t let that happen in our house, so I just knew I had to keep pushing until the end.”
On Sunday, Self told the Lawrence Journal-World that he’d seen the postgame interview and countered the comments.
“I don’t know where Marcus got his information, but it was totally inaccurate,” Self told the newspaper. “I’ve never said anything about cutting down nets or anything like that. I never said anything about cutting down nets in their building.
“Strange… we’ve won the league 10 years in a row. I don’t know if we’ve even cut down nets at home. I’d never disrespect another program, especially my alma mater, by doing anything like that. It’s disappointing that was said. Certainly he obviously had some bad information however he received it.”
Monday, during the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Cowboys coach Travis Ford said “there was no quote” shown to the team about Self cutting down the nets. “Marcus equated celebrating with cutting down the nets,” said Ford.