Oklahoma State basketball: No. 22 Cowboys roll past Texas
For the first time in three-plus years, the No. 22-ranked Cowboys own road momentum in the Big 12 Conference, after rolling past Texas, 72-59, Saturday at the Erwin Center.
AUSTIN, Texas – Road woe has turned to road “mo” for Oklahoma State.
For the first time in three-plus years, the No. 22-ranked Cowboys own road momentum in the Big 12 Conference after rolling past Texas, 72-59, Saturday in Austin.
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Of course, it didn't hurt that Marcus Smart carried his own familiar momentum into the Erwin Center.
Smart, as well as Cowboys teammate Phil Forte, had won back-to-back Texas state titles in the building for Flower Mound Marcus High School.
And Smart looked right at home again against the Longhorns, scoring a game-high 23 points.
“I had a great feel for this gym,” Smart said. “It felt great coming back.”
Looked great, too, for the Cowboys, who ran their overall winning streak to five games and won a second straight on the road, following their breakthrough at Kansas a week earlier.
While the two-game road streak may be modest in scope, it's major when considering the Cowboys had managed but one Big 12 road win in three years before their KU conquest — a span of 22 games.
Also major: the Cowboys stand 17-5 overall and 7-3 in the Big 12, with conference championship hopes renewed, especially with the league favorite Jayhawks going down for a third straight game Saturday.
“We've got to keep climbing the ladder in this league,” said Cowboys captain Markel Brown. “Right now, it's wide open. We're still fighting to get to the very top of the list. Getting road wins is very important in this conference. Home games, those are a given, supposedly.
“But the road wins are the big games in this conference.”
This road win even featured something unheard of: a stress-free finish.