OklahomaState’s exhibition tour to Spain and beyond wasn’t designed to pile up wins.
Still, winning is always nice.
The Cowboys completed a 4-0 trip Thursday, routing the Gran Canaria All-Stars 85-69 in the final game of the tour.
Freshman Marcus Smart scored a game-high 16 points and Markel Brown added 15, with the two combining to go 10-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. They each handed out three assists, continuing the kind of play that lends optimism for the season ahead.
Brown, a junior, is expected to be a leader and a scorer for the Cowboys. And he did that on the tour.
Smart, a true freshman, is seen as the missing piece for an OSU team that has missed the past two NCAA Tournaments. A distributor, defender versatile guard, he’s being counted on to provide toughness, even as a rookie. And in the four games, he regularly led the Cowboys in assists and steals, while scoring when necessary.
Smart helped break open a close game by scoring 13 of his 16 points in the second half.
Michael Cobbins and Marek Soucek each grabbed seven rebounds, while freshman Kamari Murphy added six. Brian Williams had 12 points, while Guerrero finished with nine, Murphy eight and LeBryan Nash 7.
The team begins its trek home Friday, heading to Spainf or a stopover, before arriving back in Stillwater sometime around midnight Saturday.