Smart & Brown Lead Cowpokes over Tech, KU Next

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP)   Marcus Smart left one last impression on Texas Tech, scoring 18 points and leading seventh-seeded Oklahoma State to an 80-62 victory over the ninth-seeded Red Raiders on Wednesday night in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

Marcus Smart, Jaye CrockettSmart also had seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the Cowboys (21-11), who built a 46-23 lead by halftime and then cruised into Thursdays’ quarterfinal against top-seeded Kansas.

Markel Brown had 20 points, Phil Forte added 14 off the bench and Le’Bryan Nash scored 10 for Oklahoma State, which has never lost in 10 first-round games at the Big 12 tournament.

Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders (14-18) with 20 points. Dejan Kravic added 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Their victory also meant first-year Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith finished with a losing record for the first time in 23 seasons, spanning stints at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota.