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.
TECH COACH ENVIABLE OF OSU'S LOUISIANA INFLUENCE
The Cowboys have two players from Louisiana on their roster — just as many as Louisiana Tech.
And OSU's Louisiana influence is strong, with starters Brown and Williams former high school players of the year in their home state.
Third-year Tech coach Michael White wasn't on the job when Brown and Williams left for OSU, but said he's focused on keeping more Louisiana talent at home.
“I'd like to have them on my team,” White said of the two Cowboys. “I wasn't there to recruit those guys, I'm not sure we would have beat Oklahoma State for them anyway. But we would have tried. And we'll continue to try at Louisiana Tech to recruit Louisiana kids. We signed one this fall.
“But that's another thing (the Cowboys) do well. They have a talented roster. They work.”
* With 3:25 remaining, Brown fired in a 3-pointer — OSU's first of the game, extending a streak of made 3s to 429 games. They finished the game 2 of 12 from the arc.
* Brown handed out four assists Saturday, moving ahead of Randy Rutherford at No. 19 on OSU's all-time list with 242.
* Cowboys forward Michael Cobbins was doubtful to start due to a sore foot, yet started and played 19 minutes, grabbing four rebounds and blocking four shots.