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Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Iowa State wins battle of wills

by John Helsley Published: March 6, 2013
/articleid/3762666/1/pictures/1971875">Photo - Oklahoma State's Markel Brown and Iowa State's Chris Babb battle for the ball during 1st half at Hilton Coliseum Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune
Oklahoma State's Markel Brown and Iowa State's Chris Babb battle for the ball during 1st half at Hilton Coliseum Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune

UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SMART

Wednesday was Marcus Smart's birthday, so a day to celebrate. Yet it didn't finish the way he'd prefer.

“That's OK,” he said.

Interestingly, Smart turned just 19, quite young for a player considered a candidate for Big 12 and National Player of the Year honors.

“My whole life, everybody thought I was older than I was,” Smart said. “I'm the baby of the team.”

ROAD STREAK SNAPPED

The Cowboys had won five straight Big 12 road games before losing in Ames.

“That's way more than we had last year,” said Brown, referencing OSU's 1-8 mark on the conference road in 2012. “I'm very proud of those guys. We go out there and play hard. We still have things to play for.

“We want to go out there and continue to win, continue to play hard and continue to give it up for each other.”

To illustrate the road turnaround, OSU had won just six conference road games combined under Travis Ford before the streak began.

Hilton Coliseum has been tough on a lot of teams, with ISU now 8-1 at home in the Big 12 and 16-1 at home overall this season.

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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