STILLWATER — Markel Brown had to know Monday’s game against Kansas State would be special after knocking down a half-court shot for his only warm-up right before the National Anthem.
The moment came just minutes after the senior guard was recognized before the game in Gallagher-Iba Arena, which marked his last in an illustrious four-year career on the Stillwater campus.
“It was very emotional, I’m sure it’s going to hit me even harder a week from now. I thought about it a lot, it’s going to be my last game ever at Gallagher-Iba and it’s kind of heart-breaking because I’ve had a lot of fun during my four years here,” Brown said. “Playing with teammates that grew into brothers and growing with them every day, I’m going to miss it.”
Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins are a pair of those teammates that became brothers. The three Cowboys came in in the same recruiting class, with Cobbins and Williams redshirting their first year in Stillwater.
Brown, who shared a moment with Williams and Cobbins during the Senior Night festivities prior to Monday’s game, said he had actually thought about redshirting as well to get to spend five years with the teammates from his recruiting class.
“We were talking about all the memories we had, stepping out on that court together and playing together,” Brown said. “We go all the way back to our freshman year where we were walking up to the gym every morning at 5 in the morning to lift weights and it was pitch dark. I'm going to miss those guys a lot. They are like my brothers, they always had my back.”
With Oklahoma State up big on Kansas State late in the game, Cowboy coach Travis Ford was able to give the senior from Alexandria, La., a proper sendoff — pulling him out of the game to a standing ovation from the crowd. Ford added his own personal touch with a hug and few words for the guard who played a big part in the program the past four years.