Nov. 28, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Purdue gave No. 5 Oklahoma State a scare after a poor first half, but fell short 97-87 to the Cowboys Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
Bryson Scott scored 18 points as the Boilermakers rallied from a big deficit before the Cowboys sealed the win.
"I thought who we are as a team was shown in both halves," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "You saw an immature team in the first half not really handle coaching. Our guys, I think their ego clashed with reality in the first half. Anytime you face someone who's got a lot of attention, who's ranked high, you want to go right at them and you want to beat them by yourself, and you can't beat Oklahoma State by yourself. You've got to beat them a team."
Marcus Smart scored 30 points and Markel Brown added 25 points for the Cowboys (6-0), who came in averaging 100.2 points and had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 37.8.
Smart tied Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Devan Downey (South Carolina) and Jared Jordan (Marist) for the highest scoring game in classic history.
Oklahoma State led 52-29 at halftime after going to the foul line 25 times.
Smart spent considerable time on the bench in the second half with four fouls when the game tightened up.
"Purdue was coming," Smart said. "They were making a run."
Purdue (5-1) also got 12 points from Errick Peck. Ronnie Johnson, who was averaging 13.8 points, battled foul trouble and had 10 points.
"We slowed things down and we ran Purdue's offense in the second half," Scott said. "First half, guys like me, I was forcing a lot of shots. Doing a lot selfish things. Second half, we came out and played as a team and we were able to chop the lead down."
The Boilermakers stormed back late and pulled within 84-80 on a 3-pointer by Kendall Stephens with 3 minutes left. Brown and Smart made layups to give Oklahoma State a little breathing room.
"We just didn't play smart," Painter said. "You've got to play hard and you've got to play smart. I was happy for our guys to comeback and compete better in the second half, but how pleased can you be as a coach when you give up 97 points?
The Cowboys went ahead 67-46 with 14 minutes left on a pair of dunks by Brian Williams. This is the first time Oklahoma State has scored 90 or more points in six consecutive games.
Smart, who scored 24 before halftime, received a technical after reacting to a foul call against him midway through the second half.