Markel Brown hung in the air at the rim, then snatched a pass, spun midflight and completed a throw-down jam against Baylor to add to his already bloated personal highlight package.
Asked postgame where his latest dunk might wind up on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays — where he was a regular a year ago — Brown kind of shrugged it off.
“Probably No. 10,” he said, “they haven't been messing with me this year.”
Truth is, Brown isn't messing as much with the dunks, either.
Oh, it's still a part of his repertoire. Yet only a part.
Once known almost exclusively as a leaper and explosive dunker, the Oklahoma State junior has grown his game to feature more layers, including a perimeter shot developed during a summer in the gym devoted to building a better all-around player.
A player now worthy of All-Big 12 recognition.
“That's what I've been so proud about with Markel,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “I think he's one of the better players in this league. He's just improved every year and improved on a different aspect of his game every year. He's worked hard on his jump shot.
“And it's been fun to watch.”
It's back to work for Brown and the No. 14 Cowboys, who make their maiden Big 12 visit to West Virginia on Saturday, looking to regain momentum following Wednesday's loss to Kansas. Tip time is 1 p.m.
And who better than Brown to spark a recovery. Twice this season — at Kansas and at Texas Tech — he hit a career-high mark with seven made 3-pointers to jumpstart road wins.
In Big 12 play, Brown stands No. 2 in scoring (17.5), No. 12 in field goal percentage (45.1), No. 5 in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9), No. 4 in 3-pointers made (2.23) and No. 9 in assists (3.15).
The shooting numbers spotlight Brown's growth. As a freshman, his field goal percentages were 40.5 percent overall and 22.2 percent from the arc in conference games. As a sophomore, 44.7 and 38.3.
That success can be traced back to the summer months inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, where Brown went to work, not so much on changing anything as getting better through repetition.
“I just took a lot of quality shots,” he said. “I worked on my ball-handling a lot. I'd just go in there and work until I was kind of tired, until I felt good with my shot and was making a lot of shots.
“I guess just staying in the gym, it helps.”
And Brown's arsenal addition helps the Cowboys.
“It takes a lot of pressure off Le'Bryan (Nash) and me and a lot of these other guys,” said OSU point guard Marcus Smart. “It opens up a lot of things. It opens things up for our big men.”
Sometimes, it opens a floodgate.
At KU, Brown's five early 3-pointers not only sent the Cowboys to a big early lead, they set a tone and an attitude for an eventual win.
At Tech, Brown fired in all of his seven 3s in the first half, igniting a blowout.
“He's one of those players,” said fellow Cowboy sniper Phil Forte, “if he gets hot, it can be scary.”
It was a nightmare for Red Raiders coach Chris Walker.
And at the same time, impressive.
“Everybody talks about Marcus Smart,” Walker said. “I believe that Markel Brown is the best player on that team. I think he's a very good player, he's athletic, can score. He can put it on the floor — he played point guard last year when everybody got hurt.
“I just think he's a really good player.”
Brown said he knew he needed to be a good player — a better player — to play the needed role in pushing the Cowboys back toward the NCAA Tournament.
“Coming into my junior year, I had a lot of confidence in knowing I have to step up and I have to make shots,” he said. “Going out there and playing with a lot of will and trying to make things happen.
“It's just been fun playing with these guys.”
And, yes, it's fun feeling hot.
“It feels like you're on top of the world,” Brown said. “It feels like you could shoot the ball from halfcourt and make it. It's one of the best feelings a shooter can have.
“I hope I can continue to do that for my team.”