Homecoming & Hoops: Past, Present & Future

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State fans saw the past, present and future of Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball Friday night at Homecoming & Hoops. Former OSU players like Desmond Mason and Andrea Riley were in the crowd, the current Cowboy and Cowgirl teams scrimmaged, and one of the nation's top high school seniors in LeBryan Nash, who committed to Travis Ford on Thursday, was in attendance.

"It was a great night. I loved the crowd. They just love basketball here," said Nash of the near capacity crowd inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Nash, the 11th-ranked high school senior in the nation who committed to Oklahoma State during ESPNU broadcast Thursday, was serenaded with chants of "LB! LB! LB!" throughout the night. Then, after the night was finished he went into the stands with a group of students who had painted their chests in purple (the colors of Nash's Lincoln High School team in Dallas) with letters spelling out "L-E-B-R-Y-A-N N-A-S-H."

"I really wasn't expecting people to be chanting my name," said the 6-7, 230-pound senior from Dallas. "It just shows how much they appreciate you committing to their school. I just love the school. That's why I committed here, and that's why I'm going here."

Nash says he has no doubt that he made the right choice of selecting OSU over Kansas and Baylor following Friday night's festivities.

"As soon as I put the hat on, I knew I made a great choice. I love this town, I love this school, I love these fans, and I love the coach. That's why I committed here," he said.

The present Cowboys put on a shooting display during the course of a 10-minute scrimmage in which the Orange team captured a 38-33 victory. The Orange team was led by Marshall Moses and junior college transfer Darrell Williams with 10 points apiece. The Black squad was led by freshman Markel Brown (nine points) and sophomore Ray Penn (eight).

"It was fun," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. "To be honest with you, I thought it came at a bad time. We've been going for a week (in practice) with a mindset of trying to get very serious. We hadn't been very sharp, been a little sloppy and guys hadn't been picking things up all the way.

"We hadn't been playing well and I thought, here we go tonight and it's going to be like a pick-up game, and they're going to pick up a lot of bad habits. But actually, after it was all said and done, they were actually doing some things we had been working on that I hadn't been seeing. They were actually running some of the stuff that they hadn't been running four hours ago."

Both the 6-8 Williams and the 6-7 Moses hit a pair of three-pointers. Others scoring for the Orange team were Keiton Page (six), Nick Sidorakis (five), Reger Dowell (four) and Fred Gulley (three).

The 6-3 Brown, probably the most athletic Cowboy, scored six of his nine points on dunks. Penn hit a pair of three-pointers, and the rest of the Black squad's scoring came from Jean-Paul Olukemi (six), Jarred Shaw (six), Mike Cobbins (two) and Brian Williams (two)

"I think you just saw some of the versatility of this team a little bit. We have a little bit more athleticism," said Ford. "I think you got to see Darrell Williams bring the ball up the court, which he's very, very good at. He can make good decisions. He's got a good touch from the perimeter.

"Probably the worst thing that came out of this was Marshall Moses making two threes," Ford said with a laugh. "I told Marshall, now I guess I have to let you shoot them, right?

The Cowboys first exhibition game is scheduled for Nov. 1 against Oklahoma City University at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Pilgrim Suspended Indefinitely
Matt Pilgrim, who averaged 10.3 points in the last seven games last season, has been suspended indefinitely, Ford said following Friday night's events, in which the 6-foot-8 senior from Cincinnati did not participate.

"I've decided to suspend Matt indefinitely from the basketball team at this point," Ford said. "I don't have a timetable. That's pretty much the extent of it. I've got a responsibility of him and I've got a responsibility of the basketball team ... but right now, that's where it stands.

Ford was asked if he would welcome Pilgrim back on the team under the right circumstances? "Maybe. We'll see. I don't know. Right now he's suspended indefinitely. It's hard to explain. It really is," said Ford.

Gundy, Cowboys Ready For Saturday
Mike Gundy and three Cowboy players addressed the crowd for a few minutes at the beginning of Friday night's event. Orie Lemon, Josh Cooper and Dan Bailey represented the rest of the 18th-ranked Cowboys prior to Saturday's showdown against No. 14 Nebraska at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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