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Oklahoma State basketball: Markel Brown steals spotlight in win over Kansas

In a game that featured standouts Marcus Smart, Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey, OSU's Markel Brown stole the show.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Published: February 2, 2013

With 2:25 left and OSU clinging to a 69-68 lead, and the KU faithful on the verge of absolute eruption, Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore flew in for what would have been the go-ahead dunk.

But Brown leapt and cleanly swatted it away. Brown then snatched the rebound and, with it, KU's building momentum. OSU went on a game-deciding 6-0 run in the next minute.

“At game-point, he showed how athletic he was,” Self said. “That was the game-point play and he showed how athletic he was with that block.”

Throughout a steady junior season, OSU's longest-tenured player has been a model of consistency, scoring in double-digits in 18 of the Cowboys' 20 games and always providing energy and toughness.

But all the while, despite his athleticism and rapidly improving jumper, Brown has flown under the national radar.

“Probably not anymore,” Travis Ford admitted. “I mean, this was a big game for him.”

Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash have gotten most of the attention thus far, but Brown's steady growth is earning him a share of the spotlight.

And not just for his highlight dunks.

“I kinda like it, no attention on me,” Brown said. “Just go out there, hit a couple shots and surprise them.”

Good luck surprising people anymore.


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