Oklahoma State edges Colorado

Updated: December 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) – Markel Brown tallied 23 points and 11
rebounds as No. 7 Oklahoma State topped 20th-ranked Colorado 78-73 in the
second game of the MGM Grand Showcase.

Marcus Smart had 18 points and Phil Forte shot 4-of-7 from behind the arc for
16 points off the bench as OSU (11-1) won its fourth straight tilt following a
73-68 loss to Memphis on Dec. 1.

Le’Bryan Nash contributed 15 points in the winning effort.

Josh Scott recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and
12 boards in the setback. Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 19
and 18 points, respectively, for Colorado (10-2).

New Mexico took down Marquette 75-68 in the opener of the doubleheader.

Michael Cobbins broke a 25-all tie late in the first half with a transition
layup from Brown. Brown then scored five of the final six points of the period
as OSU took a 32-26 edge into the locker rooms.

The Buffaloes never seemed out of the game, but OSU kept them at arm’s length
for the rest of the contest.

Booker’s layup 1:41 into the second half made it 34-32, but Smart made a free
throw and Brown knocked down a jumper to extend the OSU lead back to five.

It was 54-49 with 8:47 left when Forte knocked down a pair of treys around a
Smart three-point play to force a Colorado timeout.

Booker followed his own miss with a baseline floater for a 66-59 margin with
just under six minutes left, but Brown secured two offensive rebounds on
OSU’s next possession, which ended in a set of free throws.

Forte came off a curl with 3:10 to play and knocked down his fourth 3
of the game for a 73-61 Cowboys edge, but Colorado had one final push.

Dinwiddie followed Scott’s three-point play with a transition trey, but the
comeback effort fell short when Scott missed two free throws with a minute

Game Notes

This was the first ever meeting between the two schools when both were ranked
… Oklahoma State improved to 61-48 all-time against Colorado. The Cowboys
have won 19 of the past 26 bouts in the series … OSU has nine days off for
the holidays before hosting Robert Morris on Dec. 30 in its final non-
conference tilt of the regular season. The Cowboys open Big 12 play on Jan. 4
at Kansas State … Forte, who entered the game shooting 31-of-32 from the
free throw line, made only 4-of-7.