MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Markel Brown's perimeter shot had gone missing.
Saturday at crunch time at West Virginia, Brown found it, firing in a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining to lift Oklahoma State to a 73-72 win at WVU Coliseum.
Brown hadn't made a 3-pointer since the Delaware State game on Dec. 17, missing 12 consecutive tries from beyond the arc, including his first three Saturday. But then he took a pass from Marcus Smart on the left wing, got a defender off his feet with a pump-fake and fired in the game-winner.
He had passed up a 3-point shot just moments earlier.
“Marcus found me again on a great play we drew up out of the timeout,” Brown said. “I was able to get one defender off his feet. And make it.”
Mountaineers guard Juwan Staten missed a driving shot in the lane in the final seconds when OSU's Kamari Murphy first altered Staten's attempt, then grabbed the rebound.
The No. 11-ranked Cowboys seized a coveted conference road game, improving to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12. West Virginia fell to 10-6 and 2-1.
“The greatest thing about this — great win — but a total team effort,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “Every single person who played made a positive play; a big play, whether it be a shot, whether it be a rebound, whether it be an assist … Everybody contributed. Great team effort.”
Brown finished with 12 points, while Smart again willed the Cowboys with a big effort. Smart, coming off a big performance in Wednesday's home win over Texas, produced his second straight double-double with 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He added five assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Le'Bryan Nash added 18 points and six rebounds.
The Cowboys, who didn't lead until the second half, were ahead 70-67 with 3:31 to play after Smart scored on a follow shot, cashing in on one of his six offensive rebounds. But they failed to score again until Brown's big shot, coming up empty on four straight possessions.
West Virginia moved in front 72-70 on a basket by Devin Williams in the lane, then a Terry Henderson 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining.
Le'Bryan Nash then had his shot blocked in the lane, before the Cowboys got a needed stop, setting up Brown's heroics.
“I did expect to get it,” said Brown, who started the season off strong from the arc and is still making 35.3 percent of his long-range shots. “I got it like the two times before that, I missed a shot and passed up one. I knew it was going to be open again.
“I put a lot of confidence in that shot.”