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Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart's frustrating day ends in apology

by John Helsley Published: January 25, 2014

“And Le'Bryan held down the fort for us and made some shots for us. We were able to play off him a little bit when other things just weren't there tonight.”


OSU heads to Norman for a Big Monday Bedlam clash, taking on Oklahoma in an 8 p.m. start set for ESPN.

The Sooners won at Texas Tech Saturday, 74-65, improving to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in Big 12 play.

Both teams are ranked, with OU at No. 25 in the AP poll.

“It's Bedlam. It doesn't get any better than this,” Nash said. “It's two good teams. We're going into their house. We really want to win.

“You've got to give it to Oklahoma, they've got some good wins and this is going to be tough.”


West Virginia had gone on a 13-4 spurt into a 48-46 lead to start the second half, and the GIA crowd had gone quiet.

Then Brown re-energized the building.

Brown stole a pass near midcourt, led his own break and launched into a 360-degree spin, throwing down a dunk that flipped the energy switch on the arena and the Cowboys.

It was the latest highlight dunk for Brown, who has built a library of popular jams. Where does this one rank among his personal favorites?

“I think we can slide that in the top five somewhere,” he said. “We'll find a place for it.”


* When Brown blocked Eron Harris' shot at the 17:44 mark of the first half, he became the first Cowboy in school history to record 250 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots in a career. He now has 263 assists, 115 steals and 101 blocks in his four years as a Cowboy.

* Brown became just the ninth player in school history to record 100 blocked shots in a career, and is the only guard to have achieved that feat.

* The six-point victory was the closest game OSU has had at home this season. The previous closest game was a 13-point victory over Texas (87-74) on Jan. 8.

* Forte recorded a career-best five steals against the Mountaineers.