Duo of Brown and Smart Fuel Cowboys Past USF

Coach Stan Heath and the Bulls picked up their first loss of the season on Monday night from the Oklahoma State Cowboys 93-67.

TAMPA BAY, FL.--If any basketball fans throughout the nation doubted All-American point guard Marcus Smart, then you should of tuned into ESPNews at 7:00 this evening when the Cowboys took on the undefeated South Florida Bulls in Tampa Bay.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound future NBA lottery pick scored 23 points in the first half in the 93-67 win over the Bulls, including two-handed power dunks a heave from half court to end the first half to give Oklahoma State a 51-35 lead.

Even though Smart was limited to just two points in the second half, several other Cowboys picked up the slack for Travis Ford's squad. Senior sharpshooting guard Markel Brown was proficient from downtown, connecting on 5-of-6 three-pointers and finishing with 25 points, seven assists, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Forwards Le'Bryan Nash and Brian Williams combined for 28 points in the front court for the Cowboys. The Cowboys shot 50% for the game and over 50% from three-point range.

The Bulls committed 16 turnovers to Oklahoma State's nine on the night and shot just 39% from the field, while connecting on just 5-of-18 three-pointers.

Freshman center John Egbunu displayed his potential and skill against the Cowboys, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks.

South Florida (4-1) will look to rebound from their loss against Detroit this Saturday at 7:00 PM inside the Sun Dome on ESPN3.

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