OSU basketball: Cowboys thump TCU

Former Texas high school star Leyton Hammonds scores a career-high 13 points to help Oklahoma State win its second consecutive game.
by John Helsley Published: February 24, 2014

FORT WORTH — Leyton Hammonds drove the lane, crossed over, switched hands comfortably and scored the bucket lefty Monday night. Key word: comfortably.

Hammonds came to Oklahoma State with a scoring reputation, having starred at nearby North Richland Hills High as a Class 5A All-State selection. Yet his first months as a Cowboy have been anything but comfortable.

Until now?

The freshman wing man revealed a surging confidence Monday night, scoring a career-high 13 points as a major contributor in Oklahoma State’s 76-54 rout of TCU at Daniel Meyer Coliseum. And while Hammonds’ rising isn’t exactly right on time, it is timely, giving OSU a needed added weapon in its bid for a late-season surge.

“I know I can make shots,” said Hammonds, who averaged 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds at North Richland Hills, a Fort Worth suburb. “I know I’m a player. And playing with these guys every day in practice, I know I’m playing with the best basketball players in the country.

“And I know I’m getting better. I know if I can do things against them, I know I can be effective in the game.”

On a night when Marcus Smart rediscovered his 3-point touch — making five in the final 71/2 minutes — and Phil Forte led all scorers with 23 points, the Cowboys won their second straight as they head toward a Saturday showdown with Kansas inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Trying to distance itself from a recent seven-game losing streak, OSU improved to 18-10 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs remained winless in the conference at 0-15 and fell to 9-18 overall.

Playing their second game in three days, the Cowboys struggled at the start, but eventually got going, with Hammonds scoring five straight points during a stretch that sent OSU to a 37-22 lead at the half.

The Horned Frogs made things interesting midway through the second half, pulling within six at 47-41 at the 9:09 mark.

But Forte and Smart — the former Flower Mound Marcus stars, playing close to home, too — ignited the blowout from there, highlighted by one key sequence.

Smart fired in a 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass and fed Forte, who drilled a 3 and then produced a quick steal, assisting another Smart trey. In the span of 30 seconds, OSU expanded its lead form 58-46 to 67-46.


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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