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February 14, 2013

Brown leads OSU

LUBBOCK, Texas — Markel Brown has a theory about why he plays so well at Texas Tech.

“They switched the ball up last year and I like the feel of the ball,” he said.

Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers — all in the first half — to lead No. 17 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 91-67 on Wednesday night.

Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (18-5, 8-3 Big 12), who have won six straight.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he expects good things from Brown, who had 30 points last season during a win in Lubbock.

“It was good to see him get going,” Ford said. “When he’s open he has a chance to make them. He got some good open shots off some assists. Early in the game I think most of our shots came off of assists.”

Once Oklahoma State got a lead, it just did what good teams do.

“We kept extending the lead because we shared the ball,” Ford said.

Brown was 8 for 11 from the field, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc. He was held scoreless in 7 minutes of playing time after halftime.

Brown’s first five shots were from beyond the arc and he hit each one, matching the number of 3s he had in the first half of the Cowboys’ win at Kansas this month.

Other than liking the ball the Red Raiders use, Brown said his teammates need to get some credit.

“Just finding me in open spots and running the floor, in transition, guys looking up finding me, and me just shooting it with confidence,” he said.

Marcus Smart, who finished with 10 points, said Brown’s accuracy helped his teammates, too.

“It just opens the lane for our other guys,” Smart said.

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 24-6 lead and never trailed, though Texas Tech pulled to 26-18 midway through the first half thanks to a 10-0 run.

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