White finished with 15 points, but on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor.
“I thought Michael Cobbins might have been the most valuable player in the game with the job he did on Royce White,” Ford said, “and figuring out, somehow, how to have enough energy to go get 14 rebounds.”
The Cowboys hit the road for the first of two rugged road games, visiting No. 7 Kansas Saturday. Tip time is 3 p.m.
KU is 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the Big 12 entering Wednesday night's game at No. 6 Baylor
OSU hasn't won in Allen Fieldhouse in 15 tries dating back to 1989, when the Leonard Hamilton-coached Cowboys left Lawrence with a win.
After sitting out Saturday's loss to Baylor under a Ford-imposed suspension, Cowboys freshman guard Cezar Guerrero returned against Iowa State.
Guerrero played four minutes.
“We had a long talk,” Ford said. “And I talked to everybody, and they said he's doing what he's supposed to be doing. Hopefully, he learned a lesson and is ready to go.”
Seated courtside for Tuesday's win was Desmond Mason, generally considered OSU's greatest dunker ever.
But an excited Mason jumped to his feet twice reacting to jams by Brown, who one day might challenge Mason's place as a dunking highlight provider.
“I don't think I can compete with him yet,” Brown said. “He's got an NBA slam dunk (championship) under his belt.”