No. 17 Oklahoma State (18-5, 8-3): 91
Texas Texas (9-13, 2-9): 67
IN A NUTSHELL:
Markel Brown, everyone. The junior shooting guard was absolutely lethal in the first half, hitting his first five 3-point attempts. His first half stat line was nuts: 8-9FG, 7-8 3PT, 25 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Michael Cobbins added 7 points and 8 rebounds early to give OSU a double-digit lead the Cowboys wouldn’t give up. OSU shot over 60 percent from the field and from 3-point range, hitting 9-of-10 free throws. The Cowboys led 55-34 at the break.
In a surprising turn, Brown didn't make a shot in the second half -- good thing he didn't have to. The Cowboys continued to dominate, including Michael Cobbins. He recorded his first career double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds). Midway through the half, Travis Ford dug deep in his bench. Kirby Gardner, Christien Sager and Marek Soucek all reached conference-play highs in minutes played. The Cowboys rolled, 91-67.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1: OSU's spot in the Big 12 rankings (tied with Kansas and Kansas State)
5: Consecutive made 3-pointers by Markel Brown.
11: Number of OSU players with a shot attempt (the entire roster).
13: Points for Michael Cobbins, to go along with his 12 rebounds (his first career double-double).
57.1: The Cowboys' 3-point shooting percentage.
OSU MVP: SG Markel Brown
It’s amazing how Brown’s jumpshot has evolved in the past three seasons. In his freshman season, Brown hit 16-of-61 3-point attempts. He’s hit 20 3-pointers in the past 6 games this season. He was confident as ever on Wednesday, making his first five 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 25 points.
TTU MVP: G Dusty Hannahs
It was a brutal night to be a Red Raider fan. The lone bright spot was freshman guard Dusty Hannahs. Hannahs finished with 14 points off the bench. If he sticks around, he could be an impact player in revitalizing Texas Tech.
Head coach Travis Ford: "I loved the way we passed the ball, something that we talked about before the game -- get back to passing the ball. I thought in the last couple games, we put the ball on the floor too much, and tried to go a little too one-on-one too much. I really enjoyed how we passed the basketball (tonight).”
Forward Michael Cobbins: "It feels good to get my first career double-double after fighting for so many chances to have one. Hopefully, it's the start of many ... We have a good game coming up Saturday in front of our great fans. We're just going to come out there and play how we know to play.”
UP NEXT: Oklahoma
The Cowboys host the Sooners (16-7, 7-4) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena / TV: Big 12 Network / RADIO: KSPI 93.7 FM