Cowboys hitting the road to pad résumé
Oklahoma State and two-time national champion Dean Heil have wrestled seemingly everywhere but Stillwater. Up next is a road date with Iowa.
Oklahoma State took the floor Saturday afternoon with special shooting shirts made to recognize the cancer fight of Texas sophomore Andrew Jones.
The white shirts with orange writing had Jones’ name and jersey No. 1 on the back.
It was announced on Wednesday that Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia and had begun treatment.
The Cowboys also gave Jones a basketball with personally written messages from the players and coaches.
“I know Andrew personally,” said OSU’s Tavarius Shine, who was high school teammates with Jones at Irving (Texas) MacArthur. “I saw him go from not being known in basketball, to being a McDonald’s AllAmerican, to basically being an NBA Draft pick.
“So it was real big for me to see coach (Mike) Boynton and Oklahoma State University do those things for the family.”
Another new starting lineup for OSU
Boynton has used a different starting lineup in each of the Cowboys’ five Big 12 games.
Changes were dictated by injuries to Lindy Waters III and Tavarius Shine in previous games, but Saturday’s change was by choice.
Boynton decided to insert sophomore Brandon Averette in the lineup at point guard in place of senior Kendall Smith.
Averette was coming off a 22-point, six-assist performance at Kansas State in a game the Cowboys lost 86-82 last Wednesday. on Saturday, he had 11 points and was at the heart of OSU’s defensive efforts.
“There’s always an evaluation here,” Boynton said. “It’s part of my job to try to give our team the best chance to win. You play the guys that you think can give you the best chance.
“Nothing against Kendall. I told him, his opportunity may come back on Monday. The beauty of this team is, Kendall was just as happy about Brandon’s success as Brandon was. And when you have that going, you have a chance to be really successful.”
Lots of guts
Boynton said he probably used poor word choice when he described last Wednesday’s performance at Kansas State “gutless.” But Saturday’s result would suggest the message got across.
“I can tell how that can maybe make people think that I was attacking the kids personally,” Boynton said. “That wasn’t the message at all.
“It wasn’t that they felt that I was calling them out personally, but I did call out the way we played, because you can’t play that way and win in this league.”
Players said they didn’t feel Boynton was too strong with his use of the word.
“It’s just a word, in my opinion,” Shine said. “It wasn’t like he said something about my family or something like that.
“I know Coach cares for us a lot… It’s just a word, just to get us going, get us competing.”
Up Next: at Baylor
The Cowboys have a quick turnaround for a Monday night road trip to Waco to take on Baylor. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Monday game will give OSU a long week to prepare for next Saturday’s Bedlam rematch when Oklahoma visits GallagherIba Arena for a 1 p.m. meeting.
Oklahoma State players wore specially made shooting shirts to honor Texas sophomore Andrew Jones, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.