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January 9, 2014

Pokes hold off ’Horns

STILLWATER — Markel Brown scored 27 points and Marcus Smart had 24, helping help No. 11 Oklahoma State beat Texas 87-74 on Wednesday night.

Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (13-2, 1-1 Big 12), who shot 54 percent from the field in the second half after struggling early.

Demarcus Holland had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Damarcus Croaker scored 12 points for the Longhorns (11-4, 0-2).

OSU, which entered averaging 86 points, eventually overwhelmedTexas.

With Oklahoma State coaching great Eddie Sutton in attendance, the Cowboys bounced back from Saturday’s loss at Kansas State.

Oklahoma State led by a point at halftime but raced out of the gate after the break. Back-to-back alley-oop dunks by Smart and Kamari Murphy highlighted a run that gave the Cowboys a 57-45 lead.

Smart took a hit in the face, and Texas was called for a flagrant 1. Smart made both free throws, and the Cowboys remained in control from there.

The Cowboys got off to a quick start, but Texas used strong play on the offensive glass to tie the score at 20 with 8 minutes left in the first half.

Croaker’s 3-pointer gave the Longhorns a 27-22 lead and made the home crowd uneasy. Texas’ lead swelled to eight in the first half before Oklahoma State rallied. Forte’s 3-pointer trimmed the Longhorns’ lead to three.

Smart scored in close, then the Cowboys regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Stevie Clark with 31 seconds left in the half. Oklahoma State led 38-37 at the break, despite shooting 39 percent and missing nine of 24 free throws.

Big 12 Women

No. 7 Baylor 78, West Virginia 62: Odyssey Sims scored a career-high 48 points and set a Baylor record for career 3-pointers in the seventh-ranked Bears’ victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night.

Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed but had trouble putting away the Mountaineers until late after jumping ahead 40-25 at halftime. The Lady Bears are outscoring opponents by an average of 33 per game and this was their second-closest winning margin of the season.

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