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January 16, 2014

Pokes cruise against Frogs

NORMAN — Oklahoma State went through the motions during Wednesday’s game against Texas Christian University in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

There was no drama for the ninth-ranked Cowboys in their warmup before Saturday’s marquee matchup at Kansas, with OSU rolling to a 82-50 victory over the bottom team of the Big 12 Conference.

“We’ve just been going out there and playing our style of basketball and trying to get into a rhythm and trying to keep the chemistry alive and move the ball around,” OSU senior Markel Brown said. “We’re trying to pick up assists on offense, and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

Oklahoma State got out to an early lead with a trio of Pokes knocking down the outside shot. Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Phil Forte combined for 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half to give OSU a 14-point advantage at the break.

Smart, who finished with a game-high 20 points and five assists, knocked down his first three 3-point attempts to get OSU out to a 9-4 lead before Brown and Forte joined in on the shooting exhibition.

“That was great to make shots early in the game. For the most part, everyone had a good percentage for this game, and it’s going to be huge going into next game,” Brown said. “It’s good when you come off shooting a good night for the next game.”

Contributing to the easy victory for Oklahoma State was the lopsided lead in the rebounding. With one of their top rebounders and the tallest player on the squad, Michael Cobbins, out for the year with an Achilles injury, the Cowboys came together to best the Horned Frogs on the glass by 13.

OSU had four players — Le’Bryan Nash, Kamari Murphy, Brown and Smart — who grabbed eight boards apiece to finish with 46 rebounds, with 13 coming on the offensive end.

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