Oklahoma State Topples Texas In Austin

Saturday, February 9th 2013, 4:35 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma State won its second straight road game and fifth straight overall with an authoritative 72-59 victory at Texas on Saturday.

The Cowboys' current streak can be attributed largely to their defense and Saturday was a perfect example of how the Pokes have reversed their fortunes, particularly on the road.

OSU held the ‘Horns to 39 percent shooting and an abysmal 1-for-18 performance from the 3-point line, while also recording 10 steals and forcing 15 turnovers overall.

The Longhorns, even on their home floor, could never establish a rhythm and couldn't take advantage of opportunities at the foul line either, shooting an atrocious 12-of-21 from the stripe.

OSU point guard Marcus Smart spearheaded the defensive onslaught with five steals and the Pokes forced UT point guard Javan Felix into eight miscues by himself. Smart had an uncharacteristic seven turnovers of his own, however.

The freshman phenom again filled the stat sheet with a game-high 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks to go along with his five steals. Smart was also 8-for-10 from the foul line and 3-of-6 from 3.

Markel Brown, fresh off his game winner against Baylor, scored 17 points for the Cowboys and added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Le'Bryan Nash joined them in double figures with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds but shot just 3-for-13 from the field.

Texas was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Ioannis Papapetrou as the Longhorns fell to 10-13 overall and 2-8 in Big 12 play.

The Cowboys won two-straight Big 12 road games for the first time since the 2008-09 season when they topped Texas Tech and Baylor. OSU improved to 17-5 on the year and 7-3 in Big 12 play.

The Pokes will go for road win No. 3 in-a-row on Wednesday at Texas Tech (9-11, 2-7) at 6 p.m.