FORT WORTH, Texas — Marcus Smart felt at home in his first road game since returning from a three-game suspension for shoving a fan. Even if he didn’t have his regular jersey.
Smart scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, Phil Forte matched his season high with 23 points and Oklahoma State pulled away from TCU for a 76-54 victory Monday night.
Forte and Smart were playing in front of a friendly crowd not far from Marcus High School in suburban Flower Mound, where they won consecutive Texas state championships before coming to the Cowboys together.
“Kind of eased my mind a little bit,” said Smart, who had game highs with seven assists and five steals. “My mom said it was definitely different. I was focused more on the team than anything else.”
Forte scored 16 points in the first half and finished 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Oklahoma State (18-10, 6-9 Big 12) matched a season high with 14 3s and won its second straight after stopping a seven-game losing streak in Smart’s return from the suspension.
Kyan Anderson scored 15 points to lead the Horned Frogs (9-18, 0-15), who dropped to 2-31 in two Big 12 seasons.
“In the second half I want to say we were right there down six or seven, then basically I thought Marcus did what he had to,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “He took the game over in terms of driving and kicking and distributing.”
Smart wore No. 43 without his name on the back because the equipment crew didn’t take his No. 33 jersey to Waco a week ago and forgot to pack it for his first trip since the suspension for shoving a fan at Texas Tech.
The preseason All-America guard didn’t look much like No. 33 early, missing his first five shots and going 1 for 12 from the field before a long 3-pointer that restored Oklahoma State’s double-digit lead in the second half.