Cowboys cut ties with JohnsonOSU won’t be adding top junior college recruit Karron Johnson, as the team has cut ties with the committed forward. “He won’t be here,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. Johnson, who signed with the Cowboys in November, was kicked off the team at Midland College (Texas) early in the season, but had been attending school there in an attempt to get eligible. “He won’t be here, that’s all I want to say about it,” Ford said. Johnson was considered one of the top big men in the country out of high school, when he initially signed with OSU in November of 2009.
Up next: At KansasThe Cowboys face a quick turnaround, following an 8 p.m. game Saturday with a trip to Kansas for Big Monday. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 1 for at least another day, won at home 89-63 against Colorado Saturday to improve to 25-2 overall and 10-2 in the Big 12. That capped a 1-1 week for KU, which lost Monday to Kansas State, the same day it was elevated to No. 1.
Reger risingA sophomore who has played sparingly at OSU, Reger Dowell provided the Cowboys with a spark against the Aggies, scoring a career-high 22 points and handing out four assists, taking a turn at both guard spots. The 22 points matched his total for the season before Saturday. Dowell was the first man off the bench for the Cowboys and played the entire second half, giving OSU much-needed offense. He had played well late at Texas, and Ford said he was coming off two strong days of practice. Ultimately, Dowell was down after committing a late foul that provided the Aggies with the winning points. But everything else suggested the Cowboys may have an added option going forward. “I tried to help my team win,” Dowell said. “That’s really all I did. I did everything I could.”
Moses missingCowboys forward Marshall Moses, the team’s leading scorer, was limited to just seven minutes due to illness. He didn’t score and spent much of the second half in the locker room receiving intravenous fluids. “He told me at shootaround today he could go, he just might need some breaks,” Ford said. “He didn’t look real good.” By John Helsley