Stillwater News Press

January 1, 2014

Cowboys have rough few days

By Derek Brown
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team did not end 2013 on the best note, nor did the Cowboys begin 2014 positively.

During the Cowboys’ final non-conference game against Robert Morris University on Monday No. 6 OSU’s starting center Michael Cobbins sustained a season ending injury with a torn Achilles. The news of Cobbins being out for the year came out on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning backup point guard Stevie Clark was arrested on marijuana possession charges.

Oklahoma State could be scrambling with its lineup as it heads into Big 12 competition on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State.

Oklahoma State will have to adjust its lineup even if Clark remains eligible. The loss of Cobbins was tough on its lineup.

Kamari Murphy will likely get some more playing time at the center position.Le’Bryan Nash could also play more at center. Leyton Hammonds, Gary Gaskins and Marek Soucek will have to help fill the void caused by Cobbins’ injury.

If Clark sees another suspension because of the arrest, Phil Forte might see even more playing time than his average of 21 minutes a game.

Having one player out for the season can change the entire scheme. Now with the possibility that the Cowboys can have two players out for their Big 12 opener everything for Oklahoma State can change.