Brown, Smart lead No. 11 Oklahoma St over Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 12:02 am •  Published: January 8, 2014
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Marcus Smart dominated every aspect of No. 11 Oklahoma State's victory over Texas.

The sophomore scored 24 points, tied a career high with 11 rebounds, and had six steals and five assists with no turnovers in the Cowboys' 87-74 win over the Longhorns on Wednesday night.

"I thought he gave an incredible, Marcus Smart performance tonight," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. "You look at the stat line — it's ridiculous."

Markel Brown scored 27 points and Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (13-2, 1-1 Big 12), who shot 54 percent from the field in the second half after struggling early. Oklahoma State, which entered averaging 86 points, eventually overwhelmed the Longhorns.

And then, there was the free-throw difference. Oklahoma State shot 51 to Texas' 23. The Cowboys only made 35 of them, but that was enough.

"Fifty-one free throws is hard to overcome," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

With Oklahoma State coaching great Eddie Sutton in attendance, the Cowboys bounced back from Saturday's loss at Kansas State.

Demarcus Holland had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Damarcus Croaker scored 12 points for the Longhorns (11-4, 0-2).

Oklahoma State had a tough challenge against a big Texas team, especially because Michael Cobbins, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior, is out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon.

"We knew their big guys coming in here would cause us a little bit of trouble, but we collectively gave an effort together as a team," Smart said. "We pulled together and got the understanding that we were going to have to play like we had him (Cobbins) on the court, even though he wasn't there."

Oklahoma State led by a point at halftime but raced out of the gate after the break. Back-to-back alley-oop dunks by Smart and Kamari Murphy highlighted a run that gave the Cowboys a 57-45 lead.



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