Oklahoma State advances to play No. 1 seed Kansas in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) -
Marcus Smart filled the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys made easy work of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 80-62, in first-round action of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the Sprint Center.
Markel Brown led the way with 20 points for eighth-seeded Oklahoma State (21-11), which advances to play No. 1 seed Kansas in Thursday's quarterfinal round. Phil Forte and Le'Bryan Nash added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
For ninth-seeded Texas Tech (14-18), Jaye Crockett poured in 20 points, while Dejan Kravic tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Oklahoma State set the tone early, shooting 52.2 percent from the field in the first half while knocking down 17 free throws, as it carried a 46-23 lead into intermission.