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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

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.”

TIP-INS

* 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.