Cowboys coaches and players have insisted that freshman Leyton Hammonds plays well in practice.
Given opportunities in games, however, Hammonds has often struggled, seemingly losing confidence after a standout high school career in Texas.
Now there's hope that Hammonds found a breakthrough moment Monday night, with his buzzer-beating 3-pointer that forced overtime at Baylor, before the Cowboys fell 70-64.
“I think that was perfect for him,” said Cowboys guard Markel Brown. “He's been playing great in practice. He gets in a game and things haven't been falling for him. To see that shot go in for him, I think he should sleep on that one tonight.
“I hope it does wonders for him going into these next games, because we could use him big time on offense and defense.”
OSU coach Travis Ford said he'd planned to give Hammonds more minutes against Baylor, but foul trouble halted that.
Still, Hammonds finished with five points and four rebounds in six minutes.
UP NEXT: TEXAS TECH
The Cowboys — and Marcus Smart — return to Gallagher-Iba Arena for a Saturday game against Texas Tech.
Tip time is 12:45 p.m.
Smart hasn't played since OSU's last game against Tech, a loss in Lubbock in which he shoved a fan and was subsequently suspended three games by the Big 12.
The Red Raiders are 13-12 overall and 5-7 in the conference, entering a Tuesday night home game against league-leading Kansas.
Brown on playing 45 minutes and battling exhaustion:
“I'm always going to go out there and give it all I've got for this team. I hate losing. I'm sure the guys in the locker room feel the same way. I'm just going to go out there and give it my all every time we go out there on that court. This team is playing hard these last two games. We're playing as hard as we can. Wins are going to come. They have to.”