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.

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Scott Wright [email protected] ok­la­homan.com

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.

[PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Ok­la­homa State play­ers wore spe­cially made shoot­ing shirts to honor Texas sopho­more An­drew Jones, who was re­cently di­ag­nosed with leukemia.

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