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November 29, 2013

Pokes win after blowing big lead

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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