Cowboy Basketball Notes: Alabama 69, OSU 52

An interesting subplot to keep an eye one will be how the point guard minutes are allocated after the surprising defection of Fred Gulley, who left the team on Tuesday.

Reger Dowell earned his third start of the season against Alabama. Dowell finished with three points on 1-for-3 shooting, two rebounds and three fouls in 19 minutes.

Cezar Guerrero played 21 minutes and had five points, three assists and two turnovers on 1-for-7 shooting.

It was ultimately an uneventful night in helping the coaching staff determine who the point guard should be moving forward as neither played all that poorly or particularly well.

Neutral Sites Not Kind

Despite the Cowboys 6-5 record, they are undefeated in on-campus games, both home and away.

It's the neutral site games that have proven most unfavorable for this young team.

The Cowboys dropped three games in Madison Square Garden before losing on Saturday in Oklahoma City to New Mexico. Last night's loss was in Birmingham, Ala., but apparently didn't feel much like a neutral site. There were 13,808 in the BJCC Arena and the vast majority were in crimson.

OSU's next nonconference game is also a neutral site game when the Cowboys face SMU in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. The game is part of a doubleheader tagged as "The Showcase." OSU and SMU play first at 5:30 p.m. and are followed by Baylor and Mississippi State at 8 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Bama Missing Star Player

Another lopsided loss is frustrating enough for the Cowboys but the fact that the blow was dealt by an Alabama team that was missing its best player makes it sting even worse.

The Crimson Tide's leading scorer JaMychal Green was a game-time decision and sat out Wednesday night's contest. Green is averaging 15.9 points and seven rebounds per game so far this season.

His scoring was replaced by point guard Trevor Releford, who was averaging just over 10 points per game, but scored 19 against OSU on 7-of-10 shooting.

OSU Plays Tweeting For Patience, Support

It's been hard to avoid the negativity surrounding this struggling basketball team and that has leaked into the Cowboy locker room. The players are well aware that the fanbase is less than pleased with the team's performance and two reached out on Twitter following the loss to Alabama to ask for patience and support.

The first Tweet came from Cezar Guerrero:

"Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. Six freshmen a sophomore two juniors and a senior."

The second came from Michael Cobbins:

"It's not about how you start the season.. It's how you finish it! Our true fans know and believe that.."


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