BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — The confidence that has become North Carolina State's trademark was missing Sunday night in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The dominant performances by junior stars C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown; those were gone, too.
All that was left for the sixth-ranked Wolfpack was a humbling 76-56 loss to hungry, aggressive Oklahoma State team.
"This one stings and it should hurt," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "I think we are a lot better basketball team than we played (Sunday night), but it is what it is."
Leslie fouled out less than three minutes into the second half with just two points, but the damage was done long before that. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart scored 18 in the first half, most at the expense of Brown.
Smart finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals to be named tournament MVP. The freshman guard played with confidence and a killer attitude, two things noticeably missing from N.C. State, he said.
"There wasn't really a lot of intensity, you could tell by the look on their faces," Smart said.
NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 80, MIAMI (OHIO) 39: Russ Smith had 23 points and made 5 of 7 3-pointers, and Wayne Blackshear added 14 points and six rebounds for the host Cardinals (3-0).
NO. 4 OHIO ST. 77, WASHINGTON 66: Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points to lead the Buckeyes (3-0) to the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Uncasville, Conn.
NO. 8 SYRACUSE 88, WAGNER 57: Brandon Triche had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams added six points, six rebounds, three steals and a career-high 11 assists for the host Orange (2-0).
NO. 9 DUKE 88, FLA. GULF COAST 67: Mason Plumlee had a career-high 28 points, and the Blue Devils (3-0) scored 30 straight to brush off a slow start en route to their school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.
NO. 15 CREIGHTON 87, PRESBYTERIAN 58: Doug McDermott scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, and Ethan Wragge scored 18 on a career-high-tying six 3-pointers for the host Bluejays (3-0).
NO. 16 BAYLOR 97, ST. JOHN'S 78: Brady Heslip had a career-high 29 points and hit eight 3-pointers, and the Bears (4-1) bounced back from their first loss to take third place at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
NO. 19 GONZAGA 96, SOUTH DAKOTA 58: Elias Harris had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Przemek Karnowski had 20 points off the bench for the host Bulldogs (3-0).
NO. 21 MICHIGAN ST. 69, TEXAS SOUTHERN 41: Gary Harris had 19 points, 14 in the first half, and the Spartans (2-1) won their home opener for the 36th straight time.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN 73, CORNELL 40: Jared Berggren and Ben Brust scored 18 each, and Brust added 12 rebounds for the host Badgers (2-1).
NO. 23 UCONN 89, QUINNIPIAC 83, 2OT: Shabazz Napier had 29 points, including a tying layup with four seconds left in regulation, and the Huskies rallied at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
NO. 24 CINCINNATI 93, N.C. A&T 39: Sean Kilpatrick scored a career-high 29 and hit eight 3-pointers for the host Bearcats (3-0), who opened with a 14-0 run that featured four Kilpatrick 3s.
UCF 53, SAVANNAH ST. 50: Tristin Spurlock and Kasey Wilson made four free throws in the final 12.9 seconds for the host Knights (3-0).
ARIZONA ST. 97, FAMU 70: Jahii Carson scored 20 and the host Sun Devils fended off a second-half rally by the Rattlers (0-3).