Pokes Put On A Show For Homecoming & Hoops

The Cowboy basketball players descended to Eddie Sutton Court from the second deck in white robes emulating boxers much to the delight of the crowd on Friday night and once the play got started, both teams threw their fair share of punches.

The Cowboys put on an athletic display with numerous dunks, flashy passes and fierce inside defense that should have Cowboy fans thinking a little more about the upcoming hoops season in the midst of the Cowboy football team's sensational run.

For most Oklahoma State fans among the 12,000 that packed Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday night, it was their first look at freshman Le'Bryan Nash and he looked the every bit the part of a phenom.

Nash led the Orange team to a 32-23 victory against the Black with 12 points, highlighted by a two-hand reverse alley-oop, in the 10-minute scrimmage portion of the Homecoming & Hoops festivities in front of a massive gathering of OSU students and alumni. Nash scored better than a third of his team's points and showed a lot of the scoring prowess that helped make him a McDonald's All-American and a top-10 national recruit.

Redshirt freshman Brian Williams led the Black team with nine points and he did it in impressive fashion. Williams' points were all highlight-reel plays, including a pair of 360 dunks and a 3-pointer.

For the victorious Orange squad, senior guard and team captain Keiton Page played extremely well off the athleticism and driving ability displayed by Nash and Markel Brown. Page finished with 10 points and three assists. Brown chipped in six and redshirt freshman forward Michael Cobbins had four.

For the Black team, junior Jean-Paul Olukemi scored 8, while sophomore Fred Gulley had four and senior Darrell Williams scored two. Freshman Cezar Guerrero showed a lot of flash and proved that he will be an exciting player to watch after a few nice assists. Junior college transfer center Philip Jurick had two ferocious blocks on defense to highlight the defensive performance of the night.

Prior to the scrimmage, Brown won the dunk competition handily, beating Williams and Nash with a two-dunk total of 71 out of 80. He received a score of 39 on his first dunk, essentially securing the victory over the athletic Williams and the reigning McDonald's high school dunk champion in Nash.

Former Cowboys Desmond Mason, Andre Williams, Marcus Dove and Obi Muonelo served as judges for the competition.

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