On a night where the Texas Longhorns hoped to refrain from losing two straight games to start Big 12 conference play, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and sophomore point guard Marcus Smart took over with their supreme athleticism to eventually take the victory, 87-74.
Coming into the game, the Longhorns knew they’d have their hands full shutting down sophomore — and possible top 5 pick — Marcus Smart.
In the first few minutes, Oklahoma State was able to enforce their will on the offensive end with a couple ball reversals resulting in layups from both Markel Brown and Brian Williams.
About halfway into the first half, Texas trailed 19-14, but the Longhorns were able to climb back in the game thanks to buckets from Connor Lammert, Demarcus Holland, and Martez Walker. With these buckets, Longhorns were able to take back the lead, forcing Oklahoma State Cowboys coach, Travis Ford, to call a timeout.
For the rest of the half, Texas was able to maintain the lead until with about 7 seconds left, Stevie Clark hit a 3 on a beautiful assist by Marcus Smart to regain the lead, 38-37 and to head into halftime with all of the momentum.
Although Oklahoma State looked to come out and put the Longhorns away early in the second half, Texas knew that if they could get something going — especially inside with Cameron Ridley — they would have a chance to get back in the game and steal one against the #11 team in the nation.
Unfortunately, the Longhorns just were not able to get anything going and Oklahoma State jumped out to a quick 8 point lead on a 9-1 run, leading 47-39.
And that was when the Cowboys took flight. On three straight possessions with about 17 minutes left in the game, the Cowboys threw alley-oop after alley-oop, really depleting Texas chances.
Rick Barnes’ players, including Isaiah Taylor and Demarcus Croaker fought extremely hard to keep the Longhorns in the game, but 8 points from the 10 minute to the 3:30 mark just weren’t enough as the Longhorns just weren’t able to get it done.
Texas will look to bounce back on Saturday against Texas Tech, so make sure to tune in to the Longhorn Network to see if the Longhorns can get back on the right track and get their first win in the Big 12.