(STILLWATER, Okla.) — There’s at least one player who isn’t too thrilled with freshmen being the talk of the college basketball world this season, so he went out and did something about it.
Sophomore guard Marcus Smart scored a career-high 39 points as No. 7 Oklahoma State cruised to a 101-80 win over No. 11 Memphis on Tuesday night in front of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Smart scored 26 points in the first half alone. He hit five three-pointers on the night while easily surmounting his previous career high of 28 points, set last season against Oklahoma.
Markel Brown added 20 points for the Cowboys (4-0), who admit to having a chip on their shoulders after losing to Oregon in last year’s NCAA tournament.
“We just wanted to show everybody that we weren’t backing down, and that’s what we did tonight,” Smart said.
Nick King scored 23 points off the bench to pace the Tigers (1-1).
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com