College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, December 14, 2013
Oklahoma State's leading scorer, Marcus Smart, didn't have to do much, tallying just 13 points, as the #7 Cowboys overwhelmed Louisiana State, 70-55, for their ninth win against just one loss.
Powered by junior forward Le'Bryan Nash's first double-double since their opener against Mississippi Valley State, the Cowboys opened a 31-18 gash at the break thanks largely to Nash's eight points in the final 4:38 of the first half and costed to an easy win.
Nash led four Cowboys in double figures, finishing with a game-high 22 points, 10 boards, an assist, three steals and a blocked shot. He was 8-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line. Five of his rebounds came off the offensive glass, helping Oklahoma State overcome a poor shooting day from three-point range, where they were just 2-for-12.
The Cowboys appear ready to make a run at Kansas as the class of the Big 12 this year after ending last season with a disappointing loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, falling to Oregon, 68-55.
Oklahoma State begins conference play January 4 at Kansas State.