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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys beat Texas Tech to move into tie for first in Big 12

The No. 17-ranked Cowboys, maintaining the league's hottest run with a sixth straight win, routed Texas Tech 91-67 Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena to move into a first-place tie atop the conference standings.
by John Helsley Published: February 13, 2013

“Seven 3s by one guy at halftime?” Tech coach Chris Walker responded rhetorically. “I don’t think he’ll do that again the rest of his career. That’s how surprised I was to watch that.”

And Walker meant Brown no disrespect. To the contrary, he paid the Cowboys junior a major compliment, calling Brown OSU’s best player.

“He was just making shots,” Walker said. “They didn’t have a fear of us. There was no fear. And once they got it going, it was hard for them to stop. And then everybody starts joining in. It’s like playing horse. It’s one of those things whereas a coach you’re sitting there saying, ‘Let’s play zone.’ And you hope they miss.

“You hope they fall in love with the 3 — and they did — but they made them.”

Almost single-handedly, Brown sent the Cowboys to a big early lead. His fifth 3-pointer, at the 12:46 mark, put Oklahoma State up 24-6. And as Walker suggested, the scoring was contagious.

Three other Cowboys made 3s in the first half and eight OSU players scored, contributing to a 55-34 lead at intermission.

Brown was hardly needed in the second half, playing but seven more minutes, as Cowboys coach Travis Ford relied heavily on his bench. The Cowboys reached the 90-point mark for the first time this season in conference play, shooting 56.1 percent overall (32-of-57).

Once a team that stumbled regularly away from Gallagher-Iba Arena, OSU has now won three straight conference road games. And for the first time since 2005, they’re a legitimate contender for the Big 12 championship.

“It’s going to be a battle,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “We’ve got a very tough stretch coming up and it’s going to be a battle. We’re telling our guys, ‘You can just worry about the next game.’

“Obviously we’ve got a very tough one coming up, but when you’re over halfway through the league and you find yourself near the top, that's what you want to give yourself a chance.”