This season has hardly gone like anyone associated with the Cowboys expected, or wanted.
Still, OSU coach Travis Ford has maintained a keeping of the faith with his team. And claimed the same was taking place with the players.
And he said Wednesday night's 79-72 upset of No. 2 Missouri confirmed as much.
“It's not like we've accomplished the world or anything, but it's a good win,” Ford said. “I'm so proud of them, because we've been through a lot. And still will go through a lot. There's going to be tough days even ahead.
“But this was a great win from a bunch of guys who decided to look at the glass half-full, rather than half-empty the past three, four, five weeks, the past six weeks, two months.
“And I think that shows a lot about them. I'm proud of every guy in that locker room who decided to continue to play hard and be positive.”
Now the question becomes whether the Cowboys can build off the big win.
“It does a lot for us,” said senior Keiton Page. “It's a huge win for us, it's a big win, but it just shows us what we're capable of. It shows us that we can play with anybody.
“We still have a long ways to go ... We've gotta get more wins, get some wins on the road. And, like I said, it just shows us what we're capable of. This team's hungry ... for wins.”
The Cowboys, snapping a three-game losing streak, now head to Texas A&M Saturday in search of their first Big 12 road win since 2010.
The Aggies are 11-8 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
BROWN MISSES OUT
Cowboys sophomore Markel Brown was called for two fouls — both technicals, earning him an automatic ejection and forcing him to watch the final minutes of the upset from the locker room.
Brown, who has fought his emotional side in games, was whistled both times for taunting, the first time after blocking the shot of Ricardo Ratliff, the second after throwing down a highlight-reel dunk on an alley-oop pass from Page with 6:59 remaining in the game.
“Markel is one of the most competitive guys I've ever been around,” Ford said. “Now, that is not an excuse. It's something we talked to him about a lot last year, because it got the best of him. But he's got to channel that. I don't want to lose his competitiveness, but he's got to channel that.
“He was very remorseful. He felt bad. But he was also very glad we won.”
With Le'Bryan Nash on his way to a career night, putting No. 2-ranked Missouri on the ropes, the Cowboys freshman became a trending topic on Twitter.
During an up-and-down rookie year, Nash hasn't always drawn the best of intentions from Twitter, much to his chagrin.
“I've been looking at Twitter a lot, looking at people saying bad things, what happened at Baylor,” Nash said. “That motivates me a lot. That's why I look at it.
“I hope they're saying good things now.”
YOUTH IS SERVED
With Mizzou coming off a statement win at Baylor on Saturday and rising to No. 2 in the polls, the Tigers may have been ripe for an upset.
The Cowboys clearly had them in their sights.
And, for a change, OSU's youth may have been a benefit.
“They played loose and easy,” said Mizzou coach Frank Haith. “They had nothing to lose. Obviously, they're just trying to get a ‘W' in the conference, and I think when you're young, that could have an impact on it.”
Haith added: “When you play on the road, you have the bull's-eye on your chest, you're going to get everybody's best effort. We stressed it with our guys and we understand we're going to get Oklahoma State's very best effort tonight, and we did. We got their very best effort; they didn't get our very best effort.
“We give them credit because they came out and they were ready to play and they executed.”