By Glen Chenoweth
The Cowboys started the season with low expectations. Predicted to finish last in the Big 12, but after today’s win against previously unbeaten Florida State and last week’s close game against Wichita State the Cowboys are looking up.
Earlier this week Davon Dillard and four-star recruit Zach Dawson were dismissed from the team but OSU has said this has nothing to do with the Lamont Evans investigation. Dawson had been suspended previously for the season opener and Dillard was suspended for the first three games of the season.
With both of them off the team and the FBI investigation of Lamont Evans swirling around OSU, the season outlook was bleak compounded by the fact that Jawun Evans left for the draft and five-year, three-point machine, Phil Forte graduated, also Oklahoma found out another snake was living in the state as Brad Underwood left for Illinois unexpectedly.
So entering the season, senior leader, Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference, and Wooden Award watch list member Jeffrey Carroll had a huge weight on his shoulders, but again with the FBI investigation going on, today’s win against FSU was the first start for Carroll all season.
Today the Cowboys played in the Orange Bowl Classic against #19 ranked FSU. In short Mitchell Solomon had his first career double-double and he made two keys plays to win the game for the Cowboys. The first was a tip-in with 5.9 seconds left and the second play was a charge with 0.9 seconds left.
Today’s game was really an away game for the Cowboys and the all-black-unis debuted. Much to my surprise Jeffrey Carroll started off hot and made key three-pointers down the stretch to help win the game. Lindy Waters also took a couple of charges and made some key threes in the victory.
Carroll had 23 points in the win and surpassed the 1,000 point mark for the Cowboys, he is the 41st player in Cowboy history to make more than 1,000 points. The Cowboys forced 22 turnovers and have forced at least 19 turnovers over the last four games. On top of the double-double, Mitchell Solomon recorded three blocks in the game and Yankuba Sima played in his first game but Lucas N’Guessan did not see the floor.
Solomon said he has been taking charges in practice, “It depends. Sometimes I’ll go straight up and try to alter the shot; sometimes I’ll take the charge. IT’s definitely something I’m working on this season.”
The Cowboys will be back in action Tuesday night at 8 pm in Gallagher-Iba Arena in an in-state matchup against Tulsa.