Marcus Smart’s big second half pushes Oklahoma State past Kansas

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Stillwater, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Marcus Smart and Markel Brown each scored 21 to lift the Oklahoma State Cowboys over the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks, 72-65, Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Le’Bryan Nash added 16 for Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12).

Smart’s big plays in the second half made the difference, as he hit five of seven field goals while attacking Kansas’ 7-foot shot blocker Joel Embiid, who ended up in foul trouble.

“I was always taught that you’ve got to attack the shot blocker,” Smart said. “You’ve got to attack his body and chop him down a little bit. Take his legs from under him and that makes him a little shorter.”

Kansas had a 26-25 advantage at halftime before back-to-back 3-pointers by Naadir Tharpe and Wayne Selden Jr. expanded their lead to 46-38.

Midway through the second half, Nash scored five points and Smart added another four in an 11-2 Oklahoma State blast that cut Kansas’ lead to 54-53.

Both teams traded baskets as Kansas led by 61-60 with 4:35 left in the game.

Then Smart hit a 3-pointer with 3:44 left that gave Oklahoma State a 63-61 lead and ignited a 12-4 run that finished off Kansas.

Embiid had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points, and Selden added 13 points to lead Kansas (22-7, 13-3).

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