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OSU basketball: Cowboys continue to roll, beat Kansas State

Phil Forte scores 23 points to help Oklahoma State whip Wildcats in nationally televised Big 12 game.
by John Helsley Published: March 3, 2014

STILLWATER – Marcus Smart often relishes his complete stat lines.

Monday night, Smart was more about the second-half stat line of Kansas State’s Marcus Foster.

The Cowboys’ star held Foster scoreless after intermission, and Oklahoma State surged away from the Wildcats, romping 77-61 before an estimated crowd of 9,500 on Senior Night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Once reeling, Oklahoma State is now rolling after winning its fourth straight. The Cowboys leaned hard on their core Monday night, getting double-digit points from four starters. Phil Forte led all scorers with 23 points, Markel Brown added 15, Le’Bryan Nash 13 and Smart 18. And just like in Saturday night’s upset of Kansas, Smart again asserted himself down the stretch, scoring 17 of his points in the second half and doing a shutdown job on Foster, K-State’s leading scorer.

Foster led the Wildcats in the first half, scoring nine points as the focal point of the offense.

With Smart dogging him after intermission, Foster went 0-of-6 from the floor and failed to score.

“Foster is an unbelievable player,” Smart said. “He’s a freshman who’s still developing and is going to be a really good player. He was keeping them in it, doing some really good things. He was running off a lot of screens. They were trying to get him open every way they could.

“The second half, coach (Travis Ford) told me, ‘Don’t let him get hot, because once he gets hot, it’s hard to stop him.’ So I let these guys do most of the scoring. My job, to get the win tonight, was to stop him. And that’s what I tried to do.”

Tried and accomplished.

“Marcus Smart just locked into Marcus Foster,” said K-State coach Bruce Weber. “He taught him a lesson.

“Hopefully, the next time, if we get the opportunity, Marcus will react a little better – our Marcus.”

OSU’s Marcus was dominant again in the second half, on both ends.

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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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