Brown Scores 30 As Cowboys Cruise In Lubbock

Oklahoma State's 14-game Big 12 road losing streak is over and a career-best performance from Markel Brown and shockingly efficient free throw shooting as a team were major reasons why.

OSU beat Texas Tech 80-63 in Lubbock Tuesday night behind a career-high 30 points from Brown, who took command of the game early and asserted his will on the Red Raiders throughout.

The Cowboy sophomore guard is rapidly gaining national acclaim for his dunking prowess and he had three more Tuesday that won't do anything to change that trend. The trio of dunks was highlighted by his second, which came on a fast break alley-oop of the backboard from Le'Bryan Nash for an emphatic two-handed slam.

But Brown isn't all about dunking. The Louisiana native finished 7-of-12 from the floor, 3-of-6 from 3 and a whopping 13-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Brown's energy and controlled aggression made the Cowboys tick as he helped pace his team to its first road win since a 69-64 victory at Iowa State on Feb. 17, 2010. Senior guard Keiton Page was the only player who participated in tonight's game who had ever won a conference road game.

Brown received quite a bit of help from his teammates in a well-rounded effort, particularly from Nash, who finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and converted on all nine of his free-throw attempts.

And speaking of free throws, the Cowboys' 33-of-35 performance at the line was good for the fifth best outing in school history with at least 20 attempts.

It initially looked like it would eclipse the top spot before Guerrero missed 1-of-2 with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

OSU shot 94.3 percent against the Raiders, trailing a 96.3 outing against OU in 1961; 95.8 against both Detroit and Loyola in 1957 and '58, respectively; 95.7 percent against Texas Tech in 1998 and 95.2 percent against Mercer in 2008.

Brown's 13-for-13 was good for the fourth most consecutive single-game free throws without a miss in school history. Nash's 9-for-9 was good for eighth on the list.

Page finished with 10 points and four assists, Michael Cobbins and Cezar Guerrero had eight points each, Brian Williams finished with six and Marek Soucek had two to wrap up the scoring for the Cowboys.

Even though Tech dropped to 7-14 on the season and 0-9 in Big 12 play, it was a solid showing on the road from a Cowboy (11-11, 4-5 Big 12) team with only eight available scholarship players, six of whom are freshmen.

Next up for the Cowboys is a rematch with No. 6 Baylor, who beat OSU by 41 points on Jan. 14 in Waco. The game is set for 12:45 p.m. on Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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