On a night when Oklahoma State's football team celebrated a historic Fiesta Bowl triumph, members of the school's basketball program went to sleep with little reason to smile.
Not only have the Cowboys dropped four of five to slip to 7-6 entering the start of Big 12 play, they also learned Tuesday they've lost third-leading scorer Jean-Paul Olukemi to a season-ending torn ACL sustained during Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech.
The absence of Olukemi reduces the chances Oklahoma State will emerge from the skid that threatens to derail a season that began with such promise.
The arrival of freshmen LeBryan Nash and Cezar Guerrero and the return of Olukemi and Keiton Page appeared to give the Cowboys a nucleus capable of an upper-division Big 12 finish, but that group has underachieved this season. Oklahoma State's most noteworthy victory came against Missouri State and it has needed overtime to escape with wins over Texas-San Antonio and SMU.
Olukemi's inability to build on a standout d...