OSU basketball notebook: Soucek returns
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 6:18 AM
Center Marek SouÄek made his first appearance since the Nov. 16 Tennessee game. He missed the last 12 games with a knee injury.
"I wasn't going to put him in because I didn't know if he was fully ready," coach Travis Ford said. "... He was ready to roll. I loved his physicality."
SouÄek played three minutes and had three points.
Hot shot: OSU's 50 percent shooting (8-of-16) from 3-point range is a season high. The previous high was 7-of-15 (.467) vs. Portland State.
Cobbins starts: For the first time this season, forward Michael Cobbins was in the starting lineup. He finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
"He played like he didn't want to lose it," Ford said. "He played like he wanted to start again.
"Consistency is what I'm asking from him. ... I'm not going to be jumping for joy until he does it two or three games in a row."
Williams update: Swingman Brian Williams, who has been out with a wrist injury all season, could return to action this week, but likely isn't ready to play.
"I am expecting him back sooner than later," Ford said. "It won't be against Baylor, but anything after the Baylor game could be a possibility."
Sager contributes: Sophomore guard Christian Sager matched his career high with five points against the Red Raiders.
Cox absent: The Cowboys received late minutes from their reserves, but noticeably missing was walk-on center Mason Cox, who is sick with the flu.
Sutton recognized: Perhaps the loudest ovation from the crowd came when former coach Eddie Sutton was introduced. Sutton was attending his first game since the death of his wife, Patsy, on Jan. 8. OSU's players continue to wear "Patsy" ribbon patches on their uniforms in her honor.
Up next: The Cowboys play at Baylor (12-5 overall, 3-1 Big 12) at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The Bears defeated Division III Hardin-Simmons 107-38 on Saturday.