Hot-Shooting Oklahoma State Defeats Memphis, 101-80
Nov. 19, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - No. 7/9 Oklahoma State (4-0) took a lead midway through the first half and never looked back as it handed the No. 11/11 University of Memphis men's basketball team (1-1) a 101-80 loss Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Memphis was led by freshman Nick King, who finished with a career-high 23 points and eight boards in just 15 minutes on the court. Shaq Goodwin added 13 points and seven boards. OSU was led by Marcus Smart, who recorded a career-high 39 points along with five steals, four assists and four rebounds.
The Cowboys shot 49 percent from the floor, while Memphis was held to 41 percent. OSU distanced itself with its three-point shooting, knocking down 10 triples compared to Memphis' two.
Memphis opened up a 4-0 lead with baskets from Goodwin and Michael Dixon Jr. before the Cowboys answered with an 8-0 run, highlighted by a four-point play from Smart to put OSU up 8-4 at the 17:29 mark.
The Cowboys built a 14-7 advantage with 12 points coming from Smart before the Tigers put a run of their own together. Damien Wilson came off the bench to score five-straight points with just his second three-pointer of his career to make it 16-12. King then added back-to-back buckets to knot the game up midway through the half.
Smart kept distancing the Cowboys with another three before getting fouled from downtown to extend OSU's lead to 23-18. Smart then answered again with back-to-back threes to extend the Cowboys' advantage to 29-20 with nine minutes remaining in the half.
The Cowboys made it a 35-20 game following two free throws from Brian Williams. Joe Jackson pulled the Tigers within 12 after a layup at the 5:46 mark. OSU pulled away even further with a three-point bucket from Stevie Clark to push the Cowboys lead to 47-30 with 1:59 to play. OSU went into the half leading Memphis 50-32.
The Cowboys continued to maintain their lead in the second half, taking a 61-40 advantage before King nailed a triple at the 14:40 mark. However, a three from Smart sparked a 10-4 run for the Cowboys to extend their lead to 71-47 with 11:28 to play.
King followed Goodwin into double figures after two free throws made it 73-51. The Cowboys ended any chance for a Memphis comeback by going on a 13-3 run that included three buckets from behind the arc to make it 86-54 with 6:50 to play.
The Tigers cut into their deficit late in the game with the help from King and Austin Nichols but OSU would hold on for a 101-80 victory.
Memphis returns to the friendly confines of FedExForum on Saturday when the Tigers host Nicholls State at 5 p.m. (CT).