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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Marcus Smart focused on teammates

In Oklahoma State's lone loss, a 73-68 setback to Memphis at the Old Spice Classic, resulting in a poor shooting night and too many turnovers. Since then, he's adjusted his approach, focusing instead on being more of a facilitator.
by John Helsley Published: December 14, 2013

In Oklahoma State's lone loss, a 73-68 setback to Memphis at the Old Spice Classic, Marcus Smart felt like he tried to do too much, resulting in a poor shooting night and too many turnovers.

Since then, he's adjusted his approach, focusing instead on being more of a facilitator.

That continued Saturday, with Smart attempting just eight shots.

“Playing in the Memphis game, I forced a lot of things,” he said. “I'm just trying to focus and make sure I don't force a lot of things because I do have a talented group of guys around me. They can create also, so I just let them get into their flow of the game.

“And I kind of knew coming into this game, Louisiana Tech was going to be keyed on me a lot, so it just opened doors for Le'Bryan (Nash) and Brian Williams and Markel (Brown) and everybody to do what they do, and that's create.”

Still, Smart finished with a pack of stats: 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.

UP NEXT: DELAWARE STATE

The Cowboys return home for a Tuesday game against Delaware State.

Tip time is 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Hornets are 2-7 entering a Sunday meeting with Howard.

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