LAS VEGAS (AP) — While Marcus Smart gets all the national attention for Oklahoma State, Markel Brown is starting to get accolades.
Brown scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds to lead No. 7 Oklahoma State over No. 20 Colorado 78-73 at the MGM Grand Showcase benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Saturday night.
"I finally got over the hump," Brown said of earning his first double-double this season. "I've been at seven or eight rebounds earlier this season. This was a big rebounding game. We settled for a couple of jump shots. We just need to get to the basket. We wanted to get their bigs into foul trouble. We wanted to get to the rim and get high-percentage shots."
Smart had 18 points, Phil Forte added 16 — making 4 of 7 from 3-point range — and Oklahoma State (11-1) shot 52 percent from the field overall and 62 percent in the second half.
"We asked our guards to rebound," said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, whose team was outrebounded 41-30. "Our bigs had their hands full. We were our worst enemy in the first half. We have to get the ball to the right people in the right places. We did that in the second half."
Le'Bryan Nash had 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots as the Cowboys' win snapped Colorado's 10-game winning streak. Brown scored 11 points from the free-throw line to lift Oklahoma State to its fourth straight win.
"Our fast break kept us in it in the second half," Ford said.
Josh Scott led Colorado (10-2) with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Askia Booker scored 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18.