LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Oklahoma State won for the second straight day after blowing a comfortable lead.
Marcus Smart scored 17 points as the No. 5 Cowboys survived a major scare in a 69-67 win over Butler in an Old Spice Classic semifinal on Friday.
“A great game,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “It was very emotional and very high-level. It felt like an NCAA tournament-type game. Two teams that were wanting to win really badly.”
Oklahoma State (7-0) again came out flat to start the second half, one day after the Cowboys saw a 23-point halftime lead dwindle to four with 3 minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87.
“We’re not paying attention to details as much as we are in the first half,” Ford said.
With the Cowboys holding a 68-67 lead in the final minute, Smart missed three free throws, including the front end of a 1-and-1.
Butler’s Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but missed both free throws.
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