“It feels good,” Osby said. “We really needed this win.”
One of Osby's subtle contributions was his defense on OSU freshman star Le'Bryan Nash, who was 3-of-15 from the field.
“I guarded him a lot but we did a lot of things where we did some big-on-big switching,” Osby said. “I can't take all the credit for guarding him. C.J. (Washington) did a good job and Fitz (Andrew Fitzgerald) did as well.”
Nash and Cowboys sharpshooter Keiton Page were a combined 2-of-15 the first half when OU played one of its best defensive halves of the season. OSU had more than twice as many turnovers (nine) as made baskets (four).
Page heated up in the second half, but Nash never got going.
“Ro and C.J. really worked hard, but I thought our other guys did a good job to help clog up the lane a little bit when he drove it,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “He's a terrific player. It takes more than just the effort of one guy.”
The win ended three weeks of frustration. But win or lose, Osby has the luxury of embracing smiling family members after home games.
His fiancé, Shalonda, and daughter joined him over the holiday break. When they decided to move the wedding up to this summer, he persuaded his two ladies to stay with him in Norman instead of returning to Mississippi.
“I missed her and the baby so much,” Osby said. “It's so great every day to come home and see them. It's been really great for me.”