Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Marcus Smart focused on teammates

In Oklahoma State's lone loss, a 73-68 setback to Memphis at the Old Spice Classic, resulting in a poor shooting night and too many turnovers. Since then, he's adjusted his approach, focusing instead on being more of a facilitator.
by John Helsley Published: December 14, 2013

In Oklahoma State's lone loss, a 73-68 setback to Memphis at the Old Spice Classic, Marcus Smart felt like he tried to do too much, resulting in a poor shooting night and too many turnovers.

Since then, he's adjusted his approach, focusing instead on being more of a facilitator.

That continued Saturday, with Smart attempting just eight shots.

“Playing in the Memphis game, I forced a lot of things,” he said. “I'm just trying to focus and make sure I don't force a lot of things because I do have a talented group of guys around me. They can create also, so I just let them get into their flow of the game.

“And I kind of knew coming into this game, Louisiana Tech was going to be keyed on me a lot, so it just opened doors for Le'Bryan (Nash) and Brian Williams and Markel (Brown) and everybody to do what they do, and that's create.”

Still, Smart finished with a pack of stats: 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.

UP NEXT: DELAWARE STATE

The Cowboys return home for a Tuesday game against Delaware State.

Tip time is 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Hornets are 2-7 entering a Sunday meeting with Howard.

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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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