No. 22 Oklahoma State (17-5, 7-3): 72
Texas (10-13, 2-8): 59
IN A NUTSHELL:
It was a slow start for both teams, with both teams shooting under 35 percent. But Le’Bryan Nash provided the early spark to get the Cowboys rolling – grabbing four rebounds and five points in the first eight minutes. Marcus Smart added 11 points, a game-high. The Cowboys probably should have had a comfortable lead at the break, but 11 turnovers (5 from Smart) and good transition offense from the Longhorns kept them in it. OSU led 29-22.
The Longhorns didn’t have a chance. Smart poured it on early, Markel Brown started getting to the basket and Texas had no answer. UT kept it within 10 points for most of the half, but couldn’t put together enough successful offensive possessions to cut it closer. They put the Cowboys on the foul line in an attempt to gain an edge, but OSU cashed in 26 of its 39 attempts. OSU rolled to an easy victory in Austin, 72-59.
BY THE NUMBERS:
2: Consecutive Big 12 road wins for OSU.
26: Made free throws by the Cowboys.
5.6: 3-point shooting percentage by the Longhorns (1-13 3PT).
15: Combined turnovers by both team’s point guards (Smart: 7, Felix: 8)
9: Rebounds from Le’Bryan Nash, a game high.
OSU MVP: PG Marcus Smart
It’s amazing how we’ve become used to these kinds of performances from a freshman point guard. Smart’s statline: 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Smart gave OSU the spark it needed early in the second half to put this one out of reach. He’s single-handedly changed the identity of this team.
UT MVP: F Ioannis Papapetrou
Papapetrou was the lone Longhorn to really keep this thing close (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks). The Cowboys struggled defending his mid-range jump shot. Papapetrou’s got a bright future in this league. He’s a talented freshman to keep your eye on moving forward.
Head coach Travis Ford: "We were very aggressive. We played really hard and physical. We definitely did that. It showed up on defense, it showed up on the rebounding stats … (Offensively) we made a lot of bad decisions with the basketball, but I give Texas a lot of credit on that. Texas has good defense … I’m glad we won. Our guys really fought, we executed the scouting report to a T and made plays when we needed to.”
Point guard Marcus Smart: "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew they were going to come ready to fight. This is a road game, it’s always hard to win on the road … We just had to come out here with great energy and stick together as a team.”
The Cowboys travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech (9-11, 2-7) at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena / TV: ESPNU / RADIO: KSPI 93.7 FM