No. 22 Oklahoma St. 72, Texas 59

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 09, 2013
Marcus Smart scored 23 points and No. 22 Oklahoma State cruised past struggling Texas 72-59 on Saturday, the Cowboys' fifth straight win. Markel Brown added 17 points for the Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12), who sputtered offensively for long stretches but used their own tough defense to clamp down on the Longhorns. The Cowboys shot 38 percent from the field. Smart found just enough room inside and out to carry the Cowboys past a Texas team having its worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes. Ioannis Papapetrou scored 15 points to lead Texas (10-13, 2-8). The Longhorns shot 1 of 18 from 3-point range and were just 12 of 21 from the free throw line. Saturday marked the end of the 23-game NCAA suspension for Texas guard Myck Kabongo, who is expected to play the rest of the season. Texas has clearly been hampered by the absence of Kabongo, which has forced the point guard duties to freshman Javan Felix, who had eight turnovers and one assist. Despite its stumbles, Texas has still been able to use tough defense to force teams to grind out possessions looking for good shots. The Longhorns held Oklahoma State to 32 percent shooting in the first half. Smart muscled his way to 11 points in the first half then dismantled Texas in the opening minutes of the second as Oklahoma State asserted control. A steal led to a fast break dunk before two free throws and a 3-pointer helped put the Cowboys ahead 42-30. Even when Texas could get physical with the Cowboys, Smart used his muscular frame to force his way past defenders for an easy floater in the lane, or step out for one of his three 3-pointers. Brown scored six straight points in a 60-second burst that all but settled the game for the Cowboys. A dunk off a miss and a layup off a nifty pass under the basket from Smart put the Cowboys up by 14 points with about 8 minutes to play.
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