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Smart gets 17 to lead Oklahoma State over TCU

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm •  Published: February 24, 2014

Smart's slow start wasn't a product of heckling from opposing fans because the sparse and mostly quiet crowd actually favored the Cowboys. Three of their top four scorers — Smart, Forte and Le'Bryan Nash — are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

One TCU student brought a sign that read "Free Shoves" with the outline of a pair of hands, and another wore boxing gloves. Both were in the front row of the student section, but not at court level because the stands are about 4 feet above the court.

There are no courtside seats for fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, but that will change starting after the season when the building that opened in 1961 undergoes a $59 million renovation that will force the Horned Frogs to play elsewhere next season.

"I just tried to block everything out," Smart said. "Like Coach always tells me, lose myself in the game. And that's kind of what I tried to do today."

Forte and Smart combined for the sequence that put the game away. Forte hit a 3-pointer and stole the inbounds pass, finding Smart on the left wing for another basket from beyond the arc to give the Cowboys a 67-46 lead with 4:38 remaining.

After hitting the shot, Smart bounced around the court to the loudest roar of the night from the orange-clad part of the crowd. He left the game for good a short time later, immediately after a 3-pointer that made it 73-51.

"We've experienced a lot of plays together like that, a lot of special plays," Forte said. "That's definitely one of the more unique plays we've had together."

TCU had pulled within six on a 10-0 run midway through the second half. Karviar Shepherd, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, missed a jumper that would have made it a four-point game, and Brian Williams had a putback on a missed 3 by Forte to end the run.

After Anderson missed a layup on a wild drive, Smart hit a long 3-pointer for a 52-41 lead, and Johnson was called for a technical foul for being on the court when he called a timeout. Forte's free throws pushed the lead back to 15.