Oklahoma State basketball: No. 11 Cowboys hold off West Virginia

From Staff Reports Published: January 11, 2014
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— 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.”

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