“I spent most of the time before the game fighting back tears until I couldn’t fight it any more,” said the 6-8, 230-pound senior from Amarillo. “Even after the game was over with I still couldn’t fight it. It’s the last go-around and it really hits home. It’s something you care about.”The Cowboys were 12-1 and would be ranked fifth in the nation following the victory over Robert Morris on Dec. 30, 2013. But with Cobbins on the sideline only able to cheer them on the rest of the way due to his injury and subsequent surgery, the Cowboys were only 9-12.
Although he’s been practicing inside Gallagher-Iba Arena and Friday night’s scrimmage was more of a dunk contest than anything else, Cobbins says it was good to hear the crowd again.
"It’s just an incredible feeling to be back out there in front of the fans."
“It really meant a lot. I missed being out there. It’s just an incredible feeling to be back out there in front of the fans,” he said.
Seven new Cowboys – five freshmen and two transfers – were making their first ever appearances inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. But it was Cobbins and the other seniors who realized it would be their last opportunity to participate in Homecoming & Hoops.
? “We’ve had some seniors that have been around here for a while, and it was an emotional deal for them,” Cowboys head coach Travis Ford said. “It was pretty emotional in the locker room to know this is their last Homecoming & Hoops.
“It was the most emotional group I’ve seen. We’ve got some seniors who have been through a lot, so it’s great to see. I love that. I love to see what this place has meant to these guys. It’s good to see the emotion.”
Ford said it took the 22-year-old Cobbins a while to get into the flow of Friday night’s scrimmage. But once he did, the senior looked like the Achilles injury was a thing of the past.
“It took him a little while to get those old bones moving,” Ford said. “He’s getting in better shape every day, getting back to his old self. He’s obviously been cleared to go but we’re still taking it fairly slow with him at times.
“He’s practicing hard every day. It’s just taking a little time to get back the timing. He’s an old man, so with those old bones it takes a little longer. He’s going to have a great year. I really believe that.”
Homecoming & Hoops Stats
#4 Joe Burton - 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
#12 Anthony Hickey - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
#13 Phil Forte - 9 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
#14 Marek Soucek - 3 rebounds, 1 assist
#20 Michael Cobbins - 10 points, 2 rebounds
#30 Jeffrey Carroll - 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
#1 Tyree Griffin - 6 assists
#2 Le'Bryan Nash - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
#22 Jeff Newberry - 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
#23 Leyton Hammonds - 4 rebounds, 2 assists
#24 Alex Budke - 2 points
#32 Anthony Allen - 8 points
#41 Mitchell Solomon - 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist