Sunday, December 17, 2017

Smart's career game helps Cowboys blow out Memphis

STILLWATER, Okla. — Marcus Smart definitely noticed Kevin Durant sitting courtside in Gallagher-Iba Arena. And he put together quite a performance for one of the NBA's top scorers.

Smart had a career-high 39 points and No. 7 Oklahoma State raced past No. 11 Memphis for a 101-80 win Tuesday night in a one-sided matchup of top teams.

Durant was one of many basketball fans around the country interested to see Smart's return to the national stage after he bypassed the NBA draft following the Cowboys' early exit from last season's NCAA Tournament.

Smart responded by scoring 26 in the first half. He finished 11-of-21 from the floor and hit five 3-pointers while easily passing his previous high of 28 points set last season against Oklahoma.

"We saw Kevin Durant, and we just wanted to go out there and put on a show," Smart said.

Nick King had 23 points for Memphis, and Shaq Goodwin added 13. The Tigers (1-1) shot 41.2 percent (28-of-68), including a combined 2-of-20 by guards Michael Dixon Jr. and Geron Johnson.

The Tigers had played just once before the trip to Stillwater, a 95-69 home win over Austin Peay. And they appeared to be ill prepared for their first hostile road environment.

More specifically, they weren't prepared for Smart, who added five steals, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks in an outstanding all-around performance.

"Oklahoma State was just the better team tonight," Dixon Jr. said. "Our apologies for not playing Memphis basketball; we just couldn't make shots."

Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams 15 for Oklahoma State (4-0).

NO. 2 KANSAS 86, IONA 66: Perry Ellis scored 21, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance and the host Jayhawks (3-0) pulled away late.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 87, HARTFORD 48: Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (4-0) to their 20th straight win with an easy victory at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

NO. 4 KENTUCKY 105, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 76: James Young had 26 points and hit five 3-pointers for the host Wildcats (4-1), who started five freshmen for the second straight game.

NO. 6 DUKE 83, ECU 74: Rodney Hood had a career-high 30 points and freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the host Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight to improve to 24-2 in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

NO. 12 WISCONSIN 103, N. DAKOTA 85: Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43, and the host Badgers (4-0) shot 59 percent from the field. Kaminsky, a junior who became a starter this season, got the record with about a minute left after driving the lane and splitting two defenders for a layup. Ken Barnes (1965) and Michael Finley (1994) had shared the record of 42.

NO. 17 OREGON 69, UTAH VALLEY 54: Joseph Young scored 20 for the host Ducks (3-0), who scored 16 straight midway through the second half to turn a four-point game into a 20-point lead.

B-CU 98, TRINITY 55: Allan Dempster had a career-high 22 points to lead four players in double figures for host Bethune-Cookman (2-2).

SAINT LEO 76, FLAGLER 65: Jerrel Harris had 24 points and nine rebounds, and four players scored in double figures for the host Lions (6-0).

HILL UPDATE: Tests showed no further damage to Florida point guard Kasey Hill's badly sprained left ankle. The freshman suffered a high ankle sprain Monday night and is expected to miss at least a month.


NO. 8 MARYLAND 87, GW 51: Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Terrapins (3-1) never trailed.

NO. 23 GEORGIA 72, FURMAN 48: Tiaria Griffin had career highs with 21 points and six steals for the host Bulldogs (4-0), who blew it open with a 26-2 run spanning the halves.

NO. 7 KENTUCKY: Senior reserve forward Samantha Drake will miss the rest of this season with a left knee injury.

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