Smart leads No. 9 Oklahoma State past TCU 82-50

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — With a Big 12 showdown looming, Oklahoma State wasn't going to get caught looking past TCU.

Marcus Smart drained three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to set the tone, then the ninth-ranked Cowboys overwhelmed Texas Christian 82-50 on Wednesday night.

The Cowboys said a slip-up before a key matchup against Kansas wasn't an option.

"We just went out there with the mindset of 'it's the next team on our schedule,'" Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown said of TCU. "We're not going to do too much looking forward, looking over opponents. We just wanted to go out there, play our style of basketball, trying to get in a rhythm, trying to keep the chemistry alive."

Smart, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1 Big 12). Brown scored 14 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 13 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys needed a win to stay within range of first-place Kansas. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks (4-0 Big 12) host the Cowboys on Saturday, and Oklahoma State made no effort to downplay the importance of the matchup.

"This is a statement game," Nash said. "Who can be the best team in the Big 12? This is one of the key matchups in the Big 12. We know it's going to be a highlight game, and hopefully, this team is ready for this war that we're getting ready to go into."

Oklahoma State will go in with momentum. The Cowboys shot 47 percent from the field to win for the eighth time in nine games and improve to 9-0 at home.

Karviar Shepherd scored 13 points and Amric Fields and Michael Williams each added 11 for the Horned Frogs (9-7, 0-4) in their most lopsided loss of the season.

The Horned Frogs were blown out for the second straight game __ they lost 88-62 at Baylor Saturday. TCU coach Trent Johnson said his team was completely overmatched.

"Oklahoma State's better than we are," he said. They're deeper and more talented. It's important for me in my position that the kids understand that."

Kyan Anderson, who entered the game leading the Horned Frogs with 15.6 points per game, finished with eight points on 2-for-8 shooting.

"We played him as if he's a very important part of their basketball team," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. "We played him as if we'd better do a good job on him or TCU can hurt you when a guy's contributing that many points. I thought we overall did a pretty good job on him."