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Oklahoma State basketball: Markel Brown plays H-O-R-S-E

by John Helsley Published: March 2, 2013

The play that got everyone — the Cowboys and their fans — going Saturday was Markel Brown's two-handed, windmill dunk, a highlight jam that gave Oklahoma State its first lead in an eventual 78-65 win over Texas.

But Brown was hardly finished.

He scored a game-high 18 points on a variety of shots, including another eye-opener on an attempt straight out of a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Driving hard along the baseline, Brown was fouled, but lofted a high rainbow shot that sailed over the backboard and through the net. He added the free throw for a three-point play that gave the Cowboys their biggest lead, 65-46.

And yes, like the dunk, Brown said he's been working on that shot.

“I actually have,” he said. “I've been practicing that shot. Me and Marcus (Smart), after practice, we practice half-court shots and stuff like that. We just do all kind of weird shots.

“When I shot it, I didn't think it was going to go in. But I gave it a chance and it fell. I was kind of surprised when it went in.”

The shot also gave Brown a milestone, pushing him past 1,000 points for his career, making him the 37th Cowboy to reach that mark. And he's just a junior.

“I didn't know until after the game, until somebody told me,” Brown said. “And they told me I made it on the shot that I threw over the backboard, so that was pretty cool. But I just give all the credit to my teammates. They helped me reach that mark, finding me in spots, believing in me and trusting in me to make shots.”


Wednesday: at Iowa State, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Kansas State, 12:45 p.m.

March 14: Big 12 Tournament, TBD


On a driving basket in the second half, Le'Bryan Nash was fouled and crashed the ground hard, writhing in pain for a while, holding his wrist.

And it provided a scary flashback to last season, when a broken hand ended his season.

“I thought I broke my wrist again,” Nash said. “I was saying to myself, ‘Not again, please don't do it again.'

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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