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
NASH ENDURES SCARE
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.'
“It was like a sharp pain. And it kept coming and kept coming.”
Nash shook the injury off and stayed in the game, relieving concern.
BARNES NOT PLEASED WITH OFFICIALS
Texas coach Rick Barnes, enduring one of the toughest seasons of his career, didn't think his team got much help from the officials, either, Saturday.
The Longhorns were whistled for 25 fouls, while OSU finished with 16.
“It was a physical game,” Barnes said. “That's why it's hard for me to understand the discrepancy with the fouls. I thought both teams were playing hard and physical.”
And Barnes said he thought officials missed several calls for turnovers on the Cowboys when his team was pressing late.
“Marcus (Smart) did a very good job with the ball,” Barnes said. “I thought he fouled a couple times, hooking his way out of traps. I thought a couple times we had guys trapping and they traveled with the ball.
“There's byproducts of pressure. When you press people, if referees aren't on top of it, watching those things … that's why you press. You're not always going to steal the ball. You're trying to create turnovers in other ways.”
* OSU swept the Longhorns for the first time since 2004, and has won three straight games against UT for the first time since 2004 as well.
* The Cowboys shot 51.1 percent from the floor. They are 5-0 this season and 30-2 under coach Travis Ford when shooting 50 percent or better.
* OSU is 14-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent and 15-0 when holding its opponent to less than 40 percent shooting from the field. The Cowboys outrebounded Texas 34-32 and held the Longhorns to 39.3-percent shooting.
* Of OSU's 22 wins this season, 16 have been by double digits, including a 13-point victory over the Longhorns.
* After going just 1-for-12 (.083) from 3-point range in the previous three games, freshman guard Phil Forte connected on 4-of-7 (.571) shots from beyond the arc vs. Texas.
* With four steals against the Longhorns, freshman guard Smart now has 11 games this season with four or more steals. That ties him with Darwyn Alexander for the fourth-most games with four or more steals — in an OSU career.