Quick Hits: Cowboys Roll In Morgantown

Oklahoma State had fans on edge early Saturday afternoon in Morgantown, W. Va., as Marcus Smart was on the bench with three fouls just minutes into the game against West Virginia. But the Cowboys responded big to adversity, getting an easy 73-57 win. Here's a quick look at the game:

No. 14 Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4): 73
West Virginia (13-14, 6-8): 57

First Half:
It was ugly early for the Cowboys. Marcus Smart had three fouls in the first 2:34. Add a handful of sloppy turnovers, and the Mountaineers held an early 7-2 lead. Of OSU's first seven possessions, there were two attempted shots and five turnovers. Phil Jurick followed that up with a flagrant-one foul. It couldn't have been a worse start. Then, Brian Williams made his return. With the help of Markel Brown and LeBryan Nash, OSU went on a 19-4 run. Williams scored a season-high 8 points in the first half, Brown added 9 and Nash led all players with 10 points. With Smart on the bench, the Cowboys led 35-33 at the break.

Second Half:
Smart re-entered the game, but it remained close. Brown threw down a nice two-handed dunk after a Smart-forced turnover at the 12:29 mark, giving the Cowboys an 11-point lead – and they would never look back. In the first eight minutes of the second half, Smart had 7 points, three steals and two assists. It was more of the same down the stretch. Williams continued to impress, finishing his day with 13 points and 6 rebounds. It was an impressive dominant comeback for the Cowboys. They start a new winning streak, taking down WVU 73-57.

2:34: The minutes and seconds Marcus Smart played in the first half before sitting after picking up his third foul.
5: OSU starters who scored in double figures.
13: Points from Brian Williams; a season-high.
57.1: The Cowboys' 3-point shooting percentage.
80: Percent free-throw shooting from the Cowboys.

OSU MVP: Brian Williams
Marcus Smart was on the bench early with three fouls and the Cowboys needed someone to step up. Enter: Brian Williams. His 13 points and 6 assists more than filled the gap Smart left out in the first half. His emergence is a great sign moving forward, as OSU will need as much depth as possible entering the NCAA tournament. Williams played his role well Saturday afternoon, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

WVU MVP: Aaric Murray
Murray has been disappointing at times this season, but played well against the Cowboys on Saturday. His 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting kept the Mountaineers in it early. But WVU hasn't been able to put on a consistent offensive threat all season. Another tough loss for Huggins' squad.


Head coach Travis Ford: "It was a really poor start, but in some strange way, it almost made us focus a little bit. Even before the game, I could tell our guys ... we didn't have that energy I don't think. Not that you ever want to get Marcus Smart in foul trouble, but I think made everybody say, 'Uh-oh, we better raise our game.' I was trying to light a fire under our guys."

Marcus Smart: "(The three early fouls we're) very frustrating to me and my team, but we have a lot of guys who can contribute in a lot of ways, and they stepped up for us ... That definitely gave us a spark on the bench, because it was kind of like, if you're taking a shot at one of our leaders, that means you're taking a shot at us. They knew they had to step up."

The Cowboys travel to Fort Worth to take on the Horned Frogs (10-16, 1-12) at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday / TV: ESPNU / RADIO: KSPI 93.7 FM

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